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Shoal Bay

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
nswPS15
Includes Beaches:
jimmys beach bagnalls dutchmans nelson bay marina nelson bay little nelson bay
State/Region:
NSW Shoal Bay
Post Code:
2315
General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
little nelson bay  (0.6km) zenith  (1km) wreck north  (1km) nelson bay  (1.1km) wreck  (1.1km)

Beach

Thirty-metre high Nelson Head provide a good view east across Shoal Bay, which contains Shoal Bay beach (PS 15) the most easterly and more energetic of the bay beaches (Fig. 4.132). It is a 2.5 km long, curving beach that faces initially northeast at Nelson Head, then north and finally northwest against Tomaree Head. The beach is composed of clean medium to coarse sand, which produces a steep usually cusped reflective beach. This is a popular beach is backed for the most part by Shoal Bay Road, with a continuous foreshore reserve between the road and beach, and a shopping centre and most tourist facilities and accommodation on the other side of the road. The eastern end terminates at Tomaree National Park where there is extensive parking and picnic facilities, as well as a boat ramp and seawall.

Swimming

The southern bay beaches are all relatively safe owing to the usually low wave to calm conditions. During high swell there can be a heavy shorebreak toward the western end of Shoal Bay beach.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

The entire southern shore is a popular fishing destination for beach, rock and boat fishers, as well as the game fishers who head offshore from the several marinas. There are public boat ramps at Salamander Bay and Shoal Bay.

General

The southeast shore of Port Stephens contains the highly developed 5 km long section of shoreline between Nelson and Shoal bays. Nelson Bay (population 26 000) is the site of the main business and shopping centre for the Port Stephens. The main road runs through the shopping area and terminates on a bluff overlooking the western end of the two bay beaches (PS 12 & 13). The once continuous beach has been cut in half with the development of the d’Albora Marina at the western end.

Location

Information Symbols

    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 12:05:29

       

      PATROL INFORMATION

      There is no beach service this week.

      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

          Tue, 27 Sep 03:00 pm

          NELSON BAY (NEL (1 km)


          Sunny.
          21.60 °C
          WSW/35 km/h
          Wind

          Weather information
          WedThuFriSatSunMon
          20° 11° 22° 15° 17° 12° 22° 13° 25° 12° 26° 16°

          WATER

          19

          Issued at Tue, 27 Sep 14:24

          SWELL FORECAST

          Wednesday
          Thursday
          Friday
          • AM
          • PM
          • AM
          • PM
          • AM
          • PM
          • W
            16 km/h
            1.2m
          • E
            22 km/h
            1.4m
          • NNE
            28 km/h
            1.5m
          • WNW
            27 km/h
            1.3m
          • W
            28 km/h
            1m
          • WNW
            44 km/h
            1.3m
          • WNW
            40 km/h
          • W
            31 km/h

          Shoal Bay issued at Tue, 27 Sep 03:17

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          Today's Swell Description
          Wind:
          South to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning. Decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day then turning east to northeasterly by evening.
          Swell:
          Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
          Seas:
          1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
          Weather:
          Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower and the chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the morning.

          UV INDEX

          7



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          TODAY'S TIDE

          • low
            00:29
            0.27m
          • high
            06:39
            1.38m
          • low
            12:26
            0.42m
          • high
            18:42
            1.61m

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          Port Stephens issued at Wed, 28 Sep 01:30

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          TODAY'S RADAR

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