Wamberal - Beach in Wamberal Gosford NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Wamberal NSW

Wamberal-Terrigal beach (NSW 285) is a 2.8 km long stretch of sand that trends southwest from the rocks on the north side of Wamberal Lagoon entrance south to Terrigal Lagoon entrance where the beach begins to curve round to the southeast to terminate at the rocks on the southern end... Read more

Wamberal-Terrigal beach (NSW 285) is a 2.8 km long stretch of sand that trends southwest from the rocks on the north side of Wamberal Lagoon entrance south to Terrigal Lagoon entrance where the beach begins to curve round to the southeast to terminate at the rocks on the southern end of Terrigal Beach, in lee of Broken Head (Fig. 4.170). The beach blocks the entrances to two drowned valleys, now occupied by Wamberal and Terrigal lagoons, which only open during heavy rain. The beach and its lagoons have long been popular holiday destinations for Sydneysiders, with increasing residential development since the 1960s.The northern 1.5 km of Wamberal Beach (NSW 285a) lies in the Wamberal Lagoon Nature Reserve, with the Wamberal SLSC (formed in 1950) located on the south side of the lagoon entrance. The 1 km long 20 m high foredune, between Wamberal and Terrigal lagoons, has been developed for beachfront housing. The beach is readily accessible at the surf club where there is a large car park, in addition to several tracks that lead over the high foredune, and in the south by Terrigal Lagoon.South of the lagoon mouth, rocky bluffs then a low dune back the 700 m long Terrigal Beach (NSW 285b). A foreshore reserve lies between the road and the beach and contains Terrigal SLSC (formed in 1924), car parking and a park. The shopping centre and a large resort backs the southern half of the beach. Terrigal in particular has long been a popular destination for holidaymakers and fishermen. The northern Wamberal Beach is well exposed with waves averaging 1.5 m and up to 15 rips dominating the surf zone. As wave height drops to the south the rips decrease in size, with often a continuous bar along Terrigal Beach (Fig. 4.171).

Swimming

Wamberal is dominated by active and often strong rips, particularly north of the surf club. Definitely swim between the flags. The lagoon also offers a quieter swimming area. Terrigal is a more popular beach with usually lower waves, though it does average more rescues than Wamberal. Usually there is an attached bar with only small rips, however higher waves will increase rip strength, so it is still best to stay between the flags. The lagoon and southern rock pool are also a popular swimming spots.

Surfing

Wamberal picks up more swell and generally has good beach breaks as well as waves over the northern reefs. However when the swell is up Terrigal offers some shelter.

Fishing

Both lagoon mouths are good when open, with the best beach gutters at Wamberal. At Terrigal Granny's Rock near the rock pool is a popular location. The beach and lagoon mouths are fished for flathead, bream, whiting, tailor and mulloway.

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Wamberal SLSC

Gosford City Council Lifeguard Service

Information

About

Wamberal, NSW 2260

Includes beaches:
Wamberal-terrigal, Terrigal

Length:
1.8km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw285A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Littoral currents
    Littoral currents
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Heavy shorebreak
    Heavy shorebreak
  • High surf
    High surf
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Cafe
  • Natural shade
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Camping Prohibited
  • No Littering
  • Dogs Allowed off Leash
  • No Glass

Marine Warnings

Sun, 28 May 10:30
Severe Weather Warning 1 (NSW)

Sun, 28 May 10:26
Warning to Sheep Graziers

Weather

Sunday 28, May 10:52 am

Day 22°    Night 15°
18.9°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning westerly 20 to 25 knots in the evening. Winds reaching up to 30 knots offshore in the late evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 40% chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

7 am
0.07m
12 pm
0.61m
6 pm
0.07m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 29, May

Day 17°    Night 12°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 20 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots early in the morning then tending west to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the morning.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening.
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


Weather

Sun 28, May to Sun 04, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northwesterly below 10 knots during the morning then tending west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sun 28th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:50 am to 12:10 pm
Mon 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Tue 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 31st 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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