Broken Head - Beach in Suffolk Park Byron NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Broken Head NSW

On the south side of Cape Byron Tallows Beach (NSW 16) curves gently to the south for 6.5 km to Broken Head. This beach when viewed from the 100 m high cape is one of the most photographed in the country. It is backed by the Byron Bay Recreation Reserve... Read more

On the south side of Cape Byron Tallows Beach (NSW 16) curves gently to the south for 6.5 km to Broken Head. This beach when viewed from the 100 m high cape is one of the most photographed in the country. It is backed by the Byron Bay Recreation Reserve in the north, then Arakwal National Park which extends to the mouth of Tallow Creek, followed by Suffolk Park township and caravan park in the centre and the Broken Head caravan park and Nature Reserve in the south (Fig. 4.17). The beach is well exposed resulting in a higher energy double bar system, with persistent rips spaced approximately every 250 m and cutting across the inner attached bar, then a continuous longshore trough and rip-prone outer bar. Bathers should swim at the three patrolled areas at Tallows, Suffolk Park and Broken Head. The slightly sheltered Broken Head usually has the lower waves, but even here pulses of sand moving slowly around Broken Head produce a variable beach and surf zone that can at times result in a northerly skewed bar and trough.

Swimming

Rips dominate this potentially hazardous beach so stay between the flags in the patrolled areas. If swimming elsewhere stay on the attached inner bar and avoid the rip holes, side currents and longshore trough.

Surfing

Tallows down under Cape Byron is protected from summer northeasterlies and is a popular summer beach break, also called Cosy Corner. Suffolk Park has variable beach breaks, which work best in offshore winds. Broken Head in the south can produce a barrelling right-hander when the bars are right, and always worth a look when the swell is running. You can also camp right behind the beach.

Fishing

Cosy Corner at the north end is sheltered during northeast winds, with the beach offering many large gutters where tailor, whiting, mulloway, bream and dart are caught, while Broken Head is fished for blackfish and drummer.

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Broken Head (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Suffolk Park, NSW 2481

Includes beaches:
Tallows/suffolk Park/broken Head, Tallows, Suffolk Park

Length:
1km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw016C

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters

Marine Warnings

Sun, 22 Oct 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Sunday 22, Oct 6:13 am

Day 22°    Night 15°
13.5°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  24°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers in the morning.

Tide

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

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 23, Oct

Day 22°    Night 16°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide

11 am
1.46m
4 am
0.27m
11 pm
1.08m
5 pm
0.34m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 3:50 pm


Weather

Sun 22, Oct to Sun 29, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Sun 22nd 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:50 pm
Mon 23rd 9 (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
Wed 25th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 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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