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MAITLAND BAY

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
nsw290
State/Region:
NSW Gosford
Post Code:
2251
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 ( Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
Bullimah (1km) Little (1.7km) Putty/killcare (1.7km) Macmasters (2.5km) Tallow (2.6km)

Beach

Maitland Bay (NSW 290) is named after the paddle steamer SS Maitland that was wrecked on the bombora off Bouddi Head in 1898. The remains of her boiler still sit on the eastern rock platform. The 600 m long south-facing beach curves between Bouddi and Gerrin points (Fig. 4.176). It can only be reached on foot from the Mount Bouddi or Old Maitland Store car parks, both requiring a 1-2 km walk down the forested spurs. Most people arrive by boat from Sydney and Broken Bay, anchoring toward the more sheltered eastern end. The beach faces south-southwest and is well protected from most swell entering Broken Bay by its orientation, and particularly by the Maitland Bombora and the protruding arm of Bouddi Point. As a result waves average 0.5 m and maintain a steep, cusped reflective beach, which permits small boats to anchor safely close inshore.

Swimming

Maitland Bay usually has low surging wave running up the steep beach. Children should watch the surge and deep water close inshore. During big seas a heavy shorebreak develops.

Surfing

Only a surging shore break, which gets heavier as the waves get bigger.

Fishing

Not permitted in the marine park.

General

The 13 km long southern shore of Bouddi National Park is dominated by high sandstone cliffs and headlands that extends south from Second Point to Third Point, where the shore then trends west to Bouddi and Gerrin points, and finally Box Head, the northern headland of Broken Bay. Besides Little Beach, five headland-bound beaches (NSW 289-294) occupy this section of coast.

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Location

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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

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Hazards

Service Providers

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

WEATHER

Today 12° NW/7.00 km/h

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GOSFORD AWS (6 km) issued at Wed 5 Aug 19:00

WATER

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Issued at Wed, August 5 14:14

SWELL FORECAST

Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Warning for Wednesday for Sydney Coast Winds: Westerly 15 to 25 knots, locally reaching 30 knots
Swell:
Southerly around 1 metre
Seas:
2 to 3 metres
Weather:
Partly cloudy

UV INDEX

2

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    05:52
    0.26m
  • High
    12:09
    1.60m
  • Low
    18:13
    0.43m
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Sydney (Fort Denison) issued at Wed, August 5 00:00

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TODAY'S RADAR

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