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

Weather

Saturday 19, Aug 9:39 am

Day 19°    Night 12°
13°C
Windy. Sunny

Wind: Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots, reaching 35 knots offshore in the evening.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore by evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 80% chance of showers offshore in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the afternoon and evening. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

6 am
1.14m
11 am
0.24m
6 pm
1.71m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Sunday 20, Aug

Day 18°    Night 12°
Partly cloudy. Windy

Wind: Southwesterly 30 to 35 knots turning southerly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly 4 to 6 metres, decreasing to 4 metres later in the evening.
Seas: 2 to 4 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the morning and afternoon. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

7 am
1.19m
1 am
0.23m
7 pm
1.76m
12 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm


Weather

Sat 19, Aug to Sat 26, Aug


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide


UV

Sat 19th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:20 pm
Sun 20th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Mon 21st 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:30 pm
Tue 22nd 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:30 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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