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PUTTY/KILLCARE

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw292
State/Region:
NSW Gosford
Post Code:
2257
Length:
1.6km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
bullimah  (0.8km) tallow  (1km) little tallow  (1.2km) lobster  (1.4km) iron ladder  (1.5km)

Beach

Between Gerrin Point and Box Head is a 4 km wide-open southeast-facing bay containing three beaches (NSW 292-294), all or part located within the national park (Fig. 4.177). The longest is Putty Beach (NSW 292) a slightly curving 1.6 km long southeast-facing beach, located between prominent 70 m high sandstone headlands, the eastern third of which is the national park, while the densely vegetated slopes behind the western end rise to 130 m. The crest of the slopes and the western Kilcare end have been developed for housing. The beach and backing foredune remain relatively natural, with only the Kilcare SLSC (formed in 1932), located at the far western end. There is road access through the national to the eastern end of the beach where there is a park, picnic and camping area. A road to the western end provides access to the surf club, a large car park, picnic area and rock pool.The beach is well exposed to southerly waves which increase in size toward the western surf club end of the beach (Fig. 4.178). The Putty end usually has an attached bar which continues to Kilcare. Here higher waves and rips are more common, with up to eight rips forming along the beach, including a permanent rip against the western rocks, where there is also a small rock pool.

Swimming

The Putty end has lower waves and a roving beach patrol in summer. If swimming at Kilcare stay between the flags and on the bar, or use the rock pool, as 40 people are rescued on average each year.

Surfing

The best beach breaks are at the Kilcare end when there is a moderate southeast swell running, with summer northerly winds blowing offshore.

Fishing

The rocks at either end are most popular yielding whiting and mulloway, with beach gutters only occurring following high waves.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • 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.

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 08/02 Tue 09/02 Wed 10/02 Thu 11/02 Fri 12/02 Sat 13/02 Sun 14/02
    Killcare SLSC
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service
    09:00
    -
    18:00
    09:00
    -
    18:00
    09:00
    -
    18:00
    09:00
    -
    18:00
    09:00
    -
    18:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    17
    First Aids:
    10
    Preventative Actions:
    177

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Killcare SLSC Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service

    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

    Thu, 11 Feb 06:00 am

    GOSFORD AWS (7 km)


    Partly cloudy.
    17.00 °C
    CALM/0 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    26° 19° 26° 20° 27° 20° 28° 20° 26° 20° 26° 19°

    WATER

    24

    Issued at Wed, 10 Feb 15:01

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • ENE
      15 km/h
      1.2m
    • NE
      18 km/h
      1.2m
    • NNE
      16 km/h
      1m
    • NE
      27 km/h
      1.3m
    • NE
      17 km/h
      0.9m
    • NE
      27 km/h
      1.4m
    • SE
      21 km/h
      1m
    • SSE
      23 km/h
      1m

    Gosford issued at Wed, 10 Feb 19:15

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
    Swell:
    Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre.
    Weather:
    Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore at night.

    UV INDEX

    11



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • Low
      04:50
      0.29m
    • High
      11:11
      1.88m
    • Low
      17:35
      0.18m
    • High
      23:45
      1.63m

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    Sydney (Fort Denison) issued at Thu, 11 Feb 00:00

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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