Boat - Beach in Seal Rocks Great Lakes NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Boat NSW

Boat Beach (NSW 216) is one of the more scenic beaches on the east coast. It occupies the north-facing Sugarloaf Bay and is protected from southerlies by 150 m high dune-capped hills behind. Prominent headlands border each end of the 550 m long beach, with Staris Rock reefs also lying... Read more

Boat Beach (NSW 216) is one of the more scenic beaches on the east coast. It occupies the north-facing Sugarloaf Bay and is protected from southerlies by 150 m high dune-capped hills behind. Prominent headlands border each end of the 550 m long beach, with Staris Rock reefs also lying off the eastern headland, resulting in wave averaging less than 1 m at the beach. As the road over from Number One crests the hill, a small grassy park, opposite the only store, provides an excellent view of the beach. The beach is used by professional fishers and divers for launching their boats, and a steel winch cable, for hauling in the big open fishing boats, crosses the beach and narrow road (Fig. 4.121). Dotted round the backing slopes are the shacks and weekenders of the fishers and locals. The only place to park is at the southern end, which is also used as a base by the SCUBA divers.

Swimming

The southern corner of Number One in front of the car park is best with usually a wide low bar and no rips. Be careful up the beach as the surf widens and rips can develop. Boat Beach usually has low waves and a reflective beach.

Surfing

The point, known as Seal Rocks, is a popular spot during higher east and southeast waves when easy access and a fullish wave make it relatively easy to surf.

Fishing

A few gutters can occur up Number One beach, however the rocks at the south end are the most popular spot, while Boat Beach is used by professional fishers with their boats based here.

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Information

About

Seal Rocks, NSW 2423

Length:
0.55km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw217

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Shops
  • Park
  • Picnic
  • Shade

Weather

Sunday 22, Apr 6:53 pm

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

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers north of Port Stephens, 50% chance in the south. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Norah Head.

Tide

12 am
1.76m
7 am
0.21m
1 pm
1.34m
7 pm
0.46m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 23, Apr

Day 23°    Night 15°
Showers. Possible storm

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

1 am
1.70m
8 am
0.23m
2 pm
1.33m
8 pm
0.50m

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 10 to 15 knots turning easterly during the evening.
Swell: East to northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Norah Head. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of thunderstorms offshore north of Port Stephens in the afternoon and evening.

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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