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SHELLHARBOUR NORTH/NUNS

Beach UNPATROLLED PATROLLED UNPATROLLED BEACH TODAY
Beach Number:
nsw381
State/Region:
NSW
Post Code:
2528
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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Pool Pool
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • Parking Parking
  • Bus Bus

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

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

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STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
24
First Aids:
37
Preventative Actions:
170

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

Today 4° WNW/9.00 km/h

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WOLLONGONG AWS (4 km) issued at Thu 30 Jul 05:00

WATER

17

Issued at Wed, July 29 14:09

SWELL FORECAST

Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northwesterly before dawn
Swell:
Southerly around 1 metre
Seas:
1 to 1
Weather:
Mostly sunny

UV INDEX

3

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    01:17
    0.28m
  • High
    07:09
    1.32m
  • Low
    12:47
    0.39m
  • High
    19:20
    1.84m
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Port Kembla issued at Thu, July 30 00:00

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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