Sharps - Beach in Skennars Head Ballina NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Sharps NSW

Sharps Beach (NSW 25) runs from Whites Head south for 1.3 km to Angels Flat Rock (also called Sand Point), the latter providing some protection from southerly waves. The Coast Road runs behind the beach with car parks at the northern and southern end. The beach is composed of fine... Read more

Sharps Beach (NSW 25) runs from Whites Head south for 1.3 km to Angels Flat Rock (also called Sand Point), the latter providing some protection from southerly waves. The Coast Road runs behind the beach with car parks at the northern and southern end. The beach is composed of fine to medium sand, with a boulder beach backing the northern section and a densely vegetated foredune backing most of the beach. It usually has an attached inner bar with up to five rips particularly against Whites Head and the rocks in the surf toward the southern end. Further out is a longshore trough and outer bar. The rips and rocks make it popular with fishers and surfers, but potentially hazardous to swimmers. Lifeguards patrol the northern end of the beach during the summer holidays.Angels Beach extends south of Flat Rock and consists of two parts. The northern section (NSW 25) extends for 900 m southwest to the low Pontoon Rocks, with the southern section (NSW 26) continuing south for 700 m to the northern side of Black Head. The combined beaches have a more southerly orientation and receive waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain up to seven rips cut across the usually attached inner bar with a deep longshore trough and outer bar usually present. Permanent rips flow out against Flat Rock, Pontoon Rocks (which divides the beach), and Black Head in the south. Reefs extending seaward of Black Head produce both good surf and strong currents. Access is via the northern car park to the Flat Rock camping area, or from the road in the south.

Swimming

These are three rip-dominated beaches so beware. Stay on the inner bar, if attached and avoid the rips, and during summer swim in the patrolled area at Sharps Beach.

Surfing

Sharps has beach breaks in centre, with the reef and bars around Flat Rock also known as Skinners which offers a good left during summer northerly conditions. Pontoon Rocks in centre of Angels and particularly Black Head (also Black Rock or Trestles) in the south, hold larger swell and big right handers.

Fishing

The permanent rips provides a good gutters with usually bream and mulloway, with the southern Flat Rock and Black Head offering small gutters amongst the rocks.

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Information

About

Skennars Head, NSW 2478

Length:
1.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw024

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Public phone

Weather

Saturday 21, Oct 10:59 pm

Day 21°    Night 16°
15.4°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  23°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning and early afternoon. Winds shifting southerly 15 to 25 knots before dawn.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers.

Tide

10 am
1.50m
3 am
0.20m
10 pm
1.24m
4 pm
0.27m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Sunday 22, Oct

Day 23°    Night 14°
Possible shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers in the morning and early afternoon.

Tide

10 am
1.49m
4 am
0.23m
10 pm
1.16m
4 pm
0.31m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:50 pm


Weather

Sat 21, Oct to Sat 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day then decreasing to below 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Sat 21st 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:00 pm
Sun 22nd 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:50 pm
Mon 23rd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 3:50 pm
Tue 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 pm

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.

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