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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MacMasters Beach SLSC

Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service

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

Marine Warnings

Wed, 28 Jun 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Wednesday 28, Jun 5:17 am

Day 17°    Night 10°
10.4°C
Possible rain

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwest to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending northwesterly in the morning.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 70% chance of rain.

Tide

6 am
0.09m
12 pm
0.88m
6 pm
0.22m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 29, Jun

Day 17°    Night 8°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwest to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending southwesterly before dawn then tending westerly 15 to 25 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower offshore, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

12 am
1.16m
7 am
0.11m
1 pm
0.86m
7 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Wed 28, Jun to Wed 05, Jul


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 25 to 35 knots.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Wed 28th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 1st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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