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MAITLAND BAY

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
nsw290
State/Region:
NSW Gosford
Post Code:
2251
Length:
0.6km
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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Park Park

Regulation Symbols

    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.

    Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:05:05

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    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

      Sun, 24 Jul 02:00 pm

      GOSFORD AWS (6 km)


      Mostly sunny.
      11.50 °C
      WNW/13 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      SunMonTueWedThuFri
      14° 17° 17° 17° 17° 17°

      WATER

      19

      Issued at Sat, 23 Jul 14:00

      SWELL FORECAST

      Sunday
      Monday
      Tuesday
      Wednesday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • W
        18 km/h
        1.7m
      • NW
        17 km/h
        2m
      • WNW
        29 km/h
        2.4m
      • WNW
        29 km/h
        2m
      • WNW
        30 km/h
        1.3m
      • W
        20 km/h
        1.1m
      • NW
        21 km/h
        0.8m
      • W
        21 km/h
        0.8m

      Gosford issued at Sat, 23 Jul 23:56

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots tending west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning and early afternoon then increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late evening.
      Swell:
      Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
      Seas:
      1.5 to 2.5 metres.
      Weather:
      Mostly sunny. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

      UV INDEX

      3



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • low
        05:24
        0.23m
      • high
        11:34
        1.46m
      • low
        17:24
        0.43m
      • high
        23:38
        1.65m

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      Patonga issued at Sun, 24 Jul 14:51

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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