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PUTTY/KILLCARE

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw292
State/Region:
NSW Gosford
Post Code:
2257
Length:
1.6km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately 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.

    Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:04:56

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2016 - June 2017

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    0
    Preventative Actions:
    0

    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

    Fri, 26 Aug 04:00 am

    GOSFORD AWS (7 km)


    Shower or two.
    8.20 °C
    WNW/11 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    FriSatSunMonTueWed
    15° 17° 18° 19° 20° 20° 12°

    WATER

    19

    Issued at Thu, 25 Aug 14:02

    SWELL FORECAST

    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • SW
      18 km/h
      1.7m
    • SSW
      26 km/h
      1.8m
    • SSW
      19 km/h
      1.3m
    • S
      10 km/h
      1.1m
    • W
      11 km/h
      0.9m
    • ENE
      17 km/h
      0.7m
    • WNW
      8 km/h
      0.5m
    • NE
      15 km/h
      0.6m

    Gosford issued at Thu, 25 Aug 18:29

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the late morning and early afternoon. Winds tending south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
    Swell:
    Southerly 1.5 metres.
    Seas:
    1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
    Weather:
    Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

    UV INDEX

    TODAY'S TIDE

    • high
      02:33
      1.23m
    • low
      08:32
      0.45m
    • high
      15:08
      1.55m
    • low
      21:53
      0.42m

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    Patonga issued at Fri, 26 Aug 04:28

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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