Copacabana - Beach in Copacabana Gosford NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Copacabana NSW

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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

27/03

Tue

28/03

Wed

29/03

Thu

30/03

Fri

31/03

Sat

01/04

Sun

02/04

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

27/03

Tue

28/03

Wed

29/03

Thu

30/03

Fri

31/03

Sat

01/04

Sun

02/04

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

Weather

Wednesday 29, Mar 2:18 pm

Day 27°    Night 21°
30.9°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  24°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly below 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly before dawn then increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the morning. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the evening.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

10 am
1.15m
4 am
0.11m
10 pm
1.18m
4 pm
0.11m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 30, Mar

Day 24°    Night 23°
Rain, possibly heavy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting southerly during the morning then increasing to 35 to 45 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Southeasterly below 0.5 metres, tending southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres for a period during the middle of the day. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. Rain and showers heavy at times in the late afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.

Tide

11 am
1.10m
5 am
0.12m
11 pm
1.20m
5 pm
0.13m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:10 pm


Weather

Wed 29, Mar to Wed 05, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 25 to 35 knots turning southeasterly 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Wed 29th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm
Thu 30th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:10 pm
Fri 31st 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:10 am to 4:10 pm
Sat 1st 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:10 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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