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Macmasters

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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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Beach Patrols Change Day

MacMasters Beach SLSC

Mon
18/11
Tue
19/11
Wed
20/11
Thu
21/11
Fri
22/11
Sat
23/11
Sun
24/11

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09:00 - 17:00

Central Coast Council Lifeguard Service

Mon
18/11
Tue
19/11
Wed
20/11
Thu
21/11
Fri
22/11
Sat
23/11
Sun
24/11

09:00 - 17:00

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
21°C
Water
20°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
High surf
High surf
Large unexpected waves
Large unexpected waves
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Shallow Water
Shallow Water
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Winds
Winds
Accessible Rock Platforms
Accessible Rock Platforms
Beach exposure
Beach exposure
Long beach
Long beach
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Dressing shed
Showers
Rock pool
Kiosk
Public phone
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Shade
Playground
Cafe
Lookout
Natural shade
Power supply
Mobile Phone Coverage
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Vehicles
PWC's Prohibited
Fires Prohibited
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
Wednesday, 20 Nov 12:38

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.


Macmasters Beach, NSW 2251
Includes beaches: Copacabana-macmasters, Copacabana
Length: 0.75km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw288B