Copacabana NSW

Copacabana-Macmasters Beach (NSW 288) occupies a 1.4 km wide southeast-facing embayment bordered by the prominent sandstone 110 m high Tudibaring Head in the north and 90 m high Second Point to the south (Fig. 4.174 & xx4.175 the latter named by Captain Cook in 1770. The northern Copacabana Beach (NSW... Read more

Copacabana-Macmasters Beach (NSW 288) occupies a 1.4 km wide southeast-facing embayment bordered by the prominent sandstone 110 m high Tudibaring Head in the north and 90 m high Second Point to the south (Fig. 4.174 & xx4.175 the latter named by Captain Cook in 1770. The northern Copacabana Beach (NSW 288a) beach is backed by a board valley in the north occupied by 30 ha Cockrone Lake, then the houses of Copacabana spread up the backing and northern slopes. A small rocky spur separates it from the southern Macmasters Beach (NSW 288b) which is backed by a smaller developed valley. Both areas are occupied by residential and holiday homes, with little in the way of tourist facilities. Macmasters Beach is the older settlement. Macmasters SLSC formed in 1946, while Copacabana SLSC was formed in 1963 during the subdivision and opening up of the northern half. Beach access is good on both sides of the Lake though parking is more restricted at Macmasters.The beach faces the east-southeast and receives waves that average 1.5 m at Copacabana, decreasing to about 1 m at Macmasters. These maintain a single bar, which is usually attached along the beach, but cut by 6-8 rips, which decrease in size and intensity to the south, often infilling at Macmasters forming a continuous, attached bar. A strong permanent rip runs out along the northern head, and during high seas a similar rip is formed against the southern head, particularly during summer northeast waves. Small rock pools have been constructed amongst the rocks at each end.

Swimming

Copacabana is potentially hazardous owing to the persistent and often strong rips, so stay between the flags. Children should stay in the rock pool. Macmasters usually has lower waves and is a more popular beach, the higher number of swimmers leading to 20 rescues on average each year, so stay on the bar and between the flags, and be very careful if swimming up the beach, as rips abound.

Surfing

This beach offers three breaks. A left point break at Copacabana works best in northeast to east swell and provides a reasonable long, if fullish left over the rocks. Along the beach are beach breaks which depend on bar and lagoon entrance conditions, while at Macmasters when the swell is big east to southeast, the point starts working producing a solid right hander.

Fishing

Both headlands have high rocks with access to deep water. Beach gutters are best at Copacabana and when the lake is open.

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Copacabana SLSC

Mon

05/12

Tue

06/12

Wed

07/12

Thu

08/12

Fri

09/12

Sat

10/12

Sun

11/12

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09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

05/12

Tue

06/12

Wed

07/12

Thu

08/12

Fri

09/12

Sat

10/12

Sun

11/12

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

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Information

About

Copacabana, NSW 2251

Includes beaches:
Copacabana-macmasters, Macmasters

Length:
0.75km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw288A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Bus

Marine Warnings

Thu, 08 Dec 04:58
Fire Weather Warning

Thu, 08 Dec 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Thursday 08, Dec 9:05 am

Day 30°    Night 19°
20.1°C
Possible afternoon shower or storm

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers at night. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and at night.

Tide

4 am
0.89m
9 am
0.35m
4 pm
1.01m
10 pm
0.20m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 5:20 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Friday 09, Dec

Day 28°    Night 18°
Possible early shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Early south to southwesterly change 25 to 30 knots then tending southeast to southwesterly and easing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers offshore, 30% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

5 am
0.98m
11 am
0.33m
5 pm
1.00m
11 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 5:10 pm


Weather

Thu 08, Dec to Thu 15, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Thu 8th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 5:10 pm
Fri 9th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 5:10 pm
Sat 10th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 5:10 pm
Sun 11th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 5:20 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.

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