Macmasters - Beach in Macmasters Beach Gosford NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Macmasters 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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Information

About

Macmasters Beach, NSW 2251

Includes beaches:
Copacabana-macmasters, Copacabana

Length:
0.75km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw288B

Nearby beaches

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
    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

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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