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WHALE

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw301
State/Region:
NSW Whale Beach
Post Code:
2107
Length:
0.6km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
palm  (0.9km) sandy  (0.9km) snapperman  (1.1km) paradise  (1.2km) palm beach  (1.4km)

Beach

Whale Beach (NSW 301) was named following a whale beaching. It is a 600 m long, beach east-facing beach bordered by 40 m high Little and Careel heads and backed by slopes rising to 100 m, covered in houses. The Whale Beach SLSC was formed in 1937, at a time when campers and weekenders dominated beach users. The beach is accessed via winding Whale Beach Road, and a steep decent to the beachfront reserve, which includes a large car park, southern picnic area and rock pool on the southern rock platform. Two stormwater drains empty onto the centre of an otherwise attractive and popular beach. The beach receives waves averaging 1.6 m resulting in an energetic surf zone, dominated by a single bar, which is always cut by three to four rips, including permanent rips against either headland, while the others occupy the centre (Fig. 4.194). The bar is usually attached, however during and following high seas a trough can run the length of the beach and one megarip can drain the entire beach.

Swimming

Stay between the flags and on the bar as 78 people a year are rescued here. Be particularly careful toward the rocks at each end where strong rips persist.

Surfing

Best known for the Whale Beach Wedge, which breaks a rock reef off the northern rock platform and provides a good take off and short but solid left. The north end is also favoured for beach breaks during summer when some protection from north winds is offered by the high ridges, while in winter the south end offers the same protection from south winds.

Fishing

The northern rocks are easily accessible and have wide rock platforms extending round toward Palm Beach. This is a very popular fishing location, along with two to three good gutters usually found along the beach.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Pool Pool
  • 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 12:05:05

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    32
    First Aids:
    296
    Preventative Actions:
    5836

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Whale Beach SLSC Inc Whale 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

    Wed, 25 May 06:00 pm

    TERREY HILLS AW (8 km)


    Cloud increasing.
    13.00 °C
    NE/2 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    WedThuFriSatSunMon
    18° 15° 19° 14° 18° 15° 17° 14° 17° 14° 17° 13°

    WATER

    21

    Issued at Wed, 25 May 14:02

    SWELL FORECAST

    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • W
      19 km/h
      2.6m
    • W
      12 km/h
      2.1m
    • NW
      18 km/h
      1.5m
    • NW
      20 km/h
      1.1m
    • W
      16 km/h
      0.8m
    • W
      24 km/h
      1.4m
    • NW
      19 km/h
    • W
      25 km/h

    Whale Beach issued at Mon, 23 May 23:39

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northwesterly in the early afternoon.
    Swell:
    Southerly 3 to 5 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres by evening.
    Seas:
    1 to 1.5 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
      04:38
      0.41m
    • high
      10:40
      1.34m
    • low
      16:13
      0.57m
    • high
      22:41
      1.71m

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    Patonga issued at Wed, 25 May 19:09

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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