Nine Mile Beach - Beach in Darawank Great Lakes NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Nine Mile Beach NSW

Nine Mile Beach (NSW 195) is 11.7 km (8 mile) long, and extends in a gentle east-facing arc from Diamond Reef rocks to the north entrance wall of Cape Hawke harbour, better known as Tuncurry-Foster. The beach is backed by a Holocene foredune plain that formed when the shoreline prograded... Read more

Nine Mile Beach (NSW 195) is 11.7 km (8 mile) long, and extends in a gentle east-facing arc from Diamond Reef rocks to the north entrance wall of Cape Hawke harbour, better known as Tuncurry-Foster. The beach is backed by a Holocene foredune plain that formed when the shoreline prograded up to 1 km seaward between 6000 and 4000 years ago. However this in turn is backed by some of the oldest beach deposits in NSW, with evidence of beaches 90 000, 150 000, 220 000 and possibly 480 000 years old. Most of this system is in Crown Land and in a relatively natural state. Access is available in the north from the Diamond Reef car park, by a few tracks from the main road to the beach, and in the south from the car park besides the entrance wall, otherwise by 4 WD, which is permitted along the beach.Despite its length and exposure to waves averaging 1.6 m, the medium sized sand along Nine Mile, results in just one bar. Because of this the waves break first on this bar causing it to often detach from the beach and be cut by rips every 200-300 m. The rips flow in a rhythmic trough that can run the length of the beach. Towards the Tuncurry end wave height decreases slightly and the bar frequently attaches in between the rips. At the Tuncurry entrance tidal sand bars and deep channels are present. The entrance was initially trained in 1901, with a major extension completed in 1966. A surf club was formed at Tuncurry in 1938 and located a kilometre up the beach away from the then untrained tidal mouth. The club ceased to function in 1956.Tuncurry ‘rockpool’ (NSW 195S) is a 100 m long sandy beach located 300 m inside the entrance training walls. It is located at the western end of the northern wall, with the start of a second wall forming its southern boundary. The beach receives only low waves entering through the entrance and is usually calm and reflective. However it drops off into the deep inlet channel just offshore, with a net preventing swimmers from getting into trouble. It is a popular beach backed by a large car park, which provides access to the beach and the northern entrance wall, and the Tuncurry Beach caravan park.

Swimming

Rips dominate the entire beach often in combination with a deep trough running along much of the beach. Be very careful of the rips and longshore currents.

Surfing

The detached bar creates the potential for good beach breaks under most swell conditions. The North Wall, at Tuncurry breaks over sand bars off the wall during big east to northeast swell.

Fishing

Numerous beach gutters are found the length of the beach which are fished for tailor, bream and whiting, together with the northern rocks at Diamond Reef and the North (entrance) Wall at Tuncurry, which also provide flathead and mulloway.

General

4WDs permitted on beach.

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Information

About

Darawank, NSW 2428

Includes beaches:
Rockpool, Tuncurry

Length:
11.7km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw195

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Sunday 22, Apr 6:49 pm

Day 23°    Night 16°
20.5°C
Shower or two. Possible storm

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly before dawn then tending south to southeasterly in the morning. Winds reaching up to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm, possibly heavy north of Crowdy Head.

Tide

12 am
1.47m
7 am
0.39m
1 pm
1.11m
7 pm
0.59m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:00 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Monday 23, Apr

Day 23°    Night 15°
Showers. Possible storm

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: East to northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. Showers heavy at times north of Crowdy Head. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

1 am
1.43m
8 am
0.39m
2 pm
1.12m
8 pm
0.61m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:10 pm


Weather

Sun 22, Apr to Sun 29, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning easterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. Showers heavy at times. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Sun 22nd 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:10 pm
Mon 23rd 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:10 pm
Tue 24th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:00 pm
Wed 25th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:00 pm

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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