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.
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.
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.
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.Read less
Fri, 20 Apr 04:22
Hazardous Surf Warning for New South Wales
Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening. 2nd
Seas: Below 0.5 metres. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. A thunderstorm likely, possibly severe. Caution: Surf conditions may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:20 pm
Wind: Southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:20 pm
Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Cape Byron during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
|Fri 20th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:30 pm|
|Sat 21st||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:20 pm|
|Sun 22nd||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:20 pm|
|Mon 23rd||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:20 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.