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NORTH PALM

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw300A
Includes Beaches:
palm beach palm
State/Region:
NSW Palm Beach
Post Code:
2108
Length:
1.4km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
palm beach  (0.1km) station / barrenjoey beach  (0.2km) palm  (0.7km) snapperman  (0.8km) sandy  (1km)

Beach

Palm Beach is 2.3 km long east-facing beach that curves in a gentle arc between the prominent 100 m high, lighthouse capped, Barrenjoey Head to the sandstone rocks of Little Head in the south, beach linking Barrenjoey to the mainland. North Palm Beach (NSW 300a) extends 1.4 km south from Barrenjoey, with the northern 600 m backed by a 200 m wide densely vegetated foredune. The North Palm Beach SLSC (founded in 1945) is located 1 km south of the head in the centre of a large beachfront park and car park, with the Palm Beach golf course behind on the Pittwater side. The northern beach is well exposed to southerly waves, which average 1.5 m and maintain a rip-dominated surf zone with up to 15 rips along the entire beach. Includes a strong permanent rip against Barrenjoey (Fig. 4.192).The southern Palm Beach section (NSW 300b) includes the southern 600 m of beach, which curves to the southeast in the southern Kiddies Corner. It receives increasing protection from Little Head with waves decreasing in height down the beach. Rips usually extend all the way to the head, though usually smaller in size, with a weak permanent rip against the southern rocks (Fig.4.193). The southern end has a long history of usage with the Palm Beach SLSC founded in 1921, following a tragic drowning in 1920. During moderate to high swell all rips intensify and produce hazardous swimming conditions.

Swimming

North Palm Beach is one of Sydney's more hazardous swimming spots owing to the persistent and often strong rips, which result in an average of 148 rescues each year. Only swim in the patrolled area and between the flags. Be very careful if swimming up the beach as you are a long way from the patrol area. Stay on the bar if attached, and avoid the rip holes and side currents. Palm Beach usually has lower waves and weaker rips particularly in the patrol area, the southern corner and the rock pool. This more popular end of the beach has half the number of rescues (78) of the northern half, attesting to its better swimming conditions. The southern rips do however intensify during northeast waves and winds and higher swell.

Surfing

A very popular spot year round. In the lee of Barrenjoey, northeast swell produces a good left, while offering a little protection from northerly winds, however you have to walk up the beach. Most popular are the many beach breaks, best in the north and centre during summer, and usually better to the south in the larger winter swells and southerly winds. During bigger southeast swell a reasonable right runs off the southern point out over the sand bars. The southern kiddies corner is where the novices try their luck at mastering the art of surfing.

Fishing

There are extensive rock platforms around the base of Barrenjoey and Little Head, together with the persistent rip gutters along North Palm Beach. Gutters are less frequent down the beach, however the easily accessed southern rocks tend to be more protected and popular.

General

Palm Beach derives its name from the cabbage tree palms that grow in the southern corner of the beach, a location officially known as Cabbage Tree Boat Harbour. It was visited by Captain Phillip during his expedition to Broken Bay and the Hawkesbury in 1788. From the early days of European settlement it was occupied by fishermen who worked out of the Broken Bay area.

Location

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  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • Bus Bus

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 12:04:58

     

    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: North Palm Beach SLSC Inc. North Palm Beach (Lifeguards)

    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

    Sat, 30 Jul 05:00 pm

    TERREY HILLS AW (9 km)


    Mostly clear.
    13.40 °C
    E/4 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SatSunMonTueWedThu
    17° 11° 19° 12° 20° 13° 16° 12° 16° 11° 15° 12°

    WATER

    19

    Issued at Sat, 30 Jul 14:03

    SWELL FORECAST

    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • WSW
      18 km/h
      0.9m
    • S
      11 km/h
      1.2m
    • NW
      16 km/h
      1.2m
    • S
      12 km/h
      0.9m
    • NW
      17 km/h
      0.8m
    • WSW
      18 km/h
      0.7m
    • W
      20 km/h
      0.8m
    • WSW
      25 km/h
      0.8m

    Palm Beach issued at Fri, 29 Jul 22:04

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the middle of the day then becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
    Swell:
    Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers offshore.

    UV INDEX

    3



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • high
      05:05
      1.28m
    • low
      10:55
      0.40m
    • high
      17:30
      1.71m

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    Patonga issued at Sat, 30 Jul 17:15

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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