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SHELLHARBOUR NORTH/NUNS

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw381
State/Region:
NSW Barrack Point
Post Code:
2528
Length:
1km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
shellharbour  (0.6km) shellharbour south  (1.2km) warilla-barrack pt  (1.2km) the jetty  (1.7km) the middy  (2.1km)

Beach

Shellharbour North beach (NSW 381) is a 1 km long, slightly curving east-facing beach, extending south from the rocks of Barrack Point to a small rocky protrusion. The beach is backed by a low vegetated foredune, then a road and bike path with a caravan park straddling the northern end of the road, a sewer farm sits in the backing Barrack Swamp, with the Shellharbour SLSC (formed in 1936) is located at the southern end, with houses spreading up the backing slopes to Shellharbour township. The beach receives waves averaging 1.4 m reduced slightly by the presence of seaward protruding Bass Point, 4 km to the south. The waves produce 6-8 rips across the usually attached bar, while permanent rips flow out against the rocks at either end (Fig. 4.309 & 4.310).

Swimming

The southern end of the north beach is patrolled and provides the best location for swimming. Avoid the rips particularly if swimming up the beach. The harbour beach is unsuitable owing to boat traffic, however the rock pool is not only safe but also patrolled by a lifeguard from Christmas to Easter, as is the southern beach.

Surfing

There are beach breaks along main beach, while off the southern rocks is a hollow right-hander called Cowries, which works best in moderate east to southeast swell. There is no surf in the harbour but there is a right off the pool called The Pool and a left called Shatters.

Fishing

Good rock platforms at the ends of each beach, plus beach gutters following high seas, while the harbour has a boat ramp.

General

Shellharbour is a 400 m wide rocky bay that has been used as a port since the 1850s. Today it is backed by the growing township of Shellharbour, and is bordered by northern and southern Shellharbour beaches. The four beaches (NSW 381-383) occupy 3 km of coast between the northern Barrack Point and the base of the 3 km long Bass Point.

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
  • Shops Shops
  • 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 12:05:00

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    11
    First Aids:
    80
    Preventative Actions:
    122

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Shellharbour SLSC Shellharbour 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

    Sun, 29 May 11:00 pm

    WOLLONGONG AWS (4 km)


    Clear.
    10.10 °C
    WSW/22 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SunMonTueWedThuFri
    18° 18° 18° 12° 17° 12° 17° 11° 18° 13°

    WATER

    21

    Issued at Sun, 29 May 14:05

    SWELL FORECAST

    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • WSW
      20 km/h
      2.5m
    • SW
      19 km/h
      2.2m
    • WSW
      14 km/h
      1.3m
    • SW
      16 km/h
      1.5m
    • SSW
      17 km/h
      1m
    • SSE
      14 km/h
      1.3m
    • SW
      16 km/h
      1.4m
    • SSW
      15 km/h
      1.8m

    Barrack Point issued at Sat, 28 May 21:37

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 30 knots offshore in the morning.
    Swell:
    Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
    Seas:
    2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
    Weather:
    Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

    UV INDEX

    2



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • high
      01:00
      1.57m
    • low
      07:57
      0.42m
    • high
      14:14
      1.32m
    • low
      19:50
      0.71m

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    Port Kembla issued at Sun, 29 May 23:24

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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