Maitland Bay (NSW 290) is named after the paddle steamer SS Maitland that was wrecked on the bombora off Bouddi Head in 1898. The remains of her boiler still sit on the eastern rock platform. The 600 m long south-facing beach curves between Bouddi and Gerrin points (Fig. 4.176). It... Read more
Maitland Bay (NSW 290) is named after the paddle steamer SS Maitland that was wrecked on the bombora off Bouddi Head in 1898. The remains of her boiler still sit on the eastern rock platform. The 600 m long south-facing beach curves between Bouddi and Gerrin points (Fig. 4.176). It can only be reached on foot from the Mount Bouddi or Old Maitland Store car parks, both requiring a 1-2 km walk down the forested spurs. Most people arrive by boat from Sydney and Broken Bay, anchoring toward the more sheltered eastern end. The beach faces south-southwest and is well protected from most swell entering Broken Bay by its orientation, and particularly by the Maitland Bombora and the protruding arm of Bouddi Point. As a result waves average 0.5 m and maintain a steep, cusped reflective beach, which permits small boats to anchor safely close inshore.
Maitland Bay usually has low surging wave running up the steep beach. Children should watch the surge and deep water close inshore. During big seas a heavy shorebreak develops.
Only a surging shore break, which gets heavier as the waves get bigger.
Not permitted in the marine park.
The 13 km long southern shore of Bouddi National Park is dominated by high sandstone cliffs and headlands that extends south from Second Point to Third Point, where the shore then trends west to Bouddi and Gerrin points, and finally Box Head, the northern headland of Broken Bay. Besides Little Beach, five headland-bound beaches (NSW 289-294) occupy this section of coast.Read less
Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late afternoon. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower in the morning.
Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 pm
Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening. 1st
Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
|Wed 22nd||12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm|
|Thu 23rd||12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm|
|Fri 24th||12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm|
|Sat 25th||11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 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.