North Avoca - Beach in North Avoca Gosford NSW - SLS Beachsafe

North Avoca NSW

Avoca Beach (NSW 287) is a popular holiday destination for Sydneysiders as well as Central Coast locals. It became accessible to the public in 1908 when the first bridge was built across Avoca Lake and the Avoca Guest House constructed at what was then called Moore's Beach. The 1.7 km... Read more

Avoca Beach (NSW 287) is a popular holiday destination for Sydneysiders as well as Central Coast locals. It became accessible to the public in 1908 when the first bridge was built across Avoca Lake and the Avoca Guest House constructed at what was then called Moore's Beach. The 1.7 km long beach lies between two prominent 60 m high sandstone headlands and faces the east-southeast exposing it to waves averaging 1.5 m. Avoca Lake backs the centre of the beach and opens during floods (Fig. 4.172 & 4.173).North Avoca (NSW 287a) is primarily a residential area developed since the 1950s. The North Avoca Beach SLSC was established in 1957 and is located toward the northern end of the beach, with its car park providing the best beach access. The southern Avoca (NSW 287b) settlement has all the usual holiday facilities. Hard against the southern headland is the Avoca Beach SLSC, founded in 1929, and shady Hunter Park, with a shallow rock pool in front of the clubhouse. A well-developed rock platform runs round in front of the southern headland, which is popular for rock fishers and walkers. However watch for waves which break over the rocks and into some deep gullies round the corner.The beach receives higher waves towards the north and centre where the bar is often detached and usually cut by several rips, including a permanent rip against the northern headland. North Avoca surf club rescues 31 people on average each year at this end. At Avoca slight protection by the southern headland lowers waves in the southern corner to form a continuous, attached bar. However rips are frequent and a permanent rip runs out against the southern rocks. These rips and Avoca's popularity result in an average of 110 rescues at year, the highest outside of Sydney. The Avoca surf club was in fact founded following the tragic drowning of two young girls in December 1928. In addition to the patrolled areas either end of the beach, the council lifeguards man a beach tower on the south side of the lake entrance.

Swimming

A popular, but potentially hazardous beach, with over 130 rescues each year. Definitely swim between the flags, and watch for rip holes and currents. Avoid the centre, particularly when the lake is open.

Surfing

Avoca is well known for the southern Avoca Point break a short but good right that holds east and southeast swell up to 3 m. Also good beach breaks up the beach, the first being a left running into the southern headland rip.

Fishing

North Avoca offers readily accessible but limited area for rock fishing as well as persistent gutters on the beach. The centre is best when the lake is open. The southern rocks offer more space and some deep gullies.

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North Avoca SLSC

Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service

Information

About

North Avoca, NSW 2260

Includes beaches:
Avoca Beach, Avoca

Length:
0.9km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw287A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Littoral currents
    Littoral currents
  • Accessible Rock Platforms
    Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Beach erosion
    Beach erosion
  • High surf
    High surf
  • Large unexpected waves
    Large unexpected waves
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Picnic
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • No Dogs Allowed

Weather

Monday 29, May 11:17 pm

Day 18°    Night 9°
C
Clear

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore during the morning. Winds decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

12 am
0.98m
8 am
0.06m
1 pm
0.59m
7 pm
0.10m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Tuesday 30, May

Day 17°    Night 6°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 10 to 15 knots tending northwesterly in the morning then turning west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Sunny day. 30% chance of a shower in the evening.

Tide

1 am
0.94m
9 am
0.06m
2 pm
0.58m
8 pm
0.12m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Mon 29, May to Mon 05, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending southerly 25 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Mon 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Tue 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 31st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 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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