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

Lighthouse NSW

Sugarloaf Point at Seal Rocks is one of the more prominent headlands on the NSW coast. The 70 m high head and lighthouse and its associated reefs, which extend up to 4 km offshore, mark a 90° change in the direction of the coast. The east-facing coast to the north,... Read more

Sugarloaf Point at Seal Rocks is one of the more prominent headlands on the NSW coast. The 70 m high head and lighthouse and its associated reefs, which extend up to 4 km offshore, mark a 90° change in the direction of the coast. The east-facing coast to the north, swing face southeast as it trends towards Port Stephens and Newcastle. As a consequence the coast faces directly into the dominate southerly waves resulting in the highest energy beaches in NSW. A series of five exposed, high-energy beaches extend for 40 km southwest of the point to Yaccaba Head. They are backed by the most extensive sand dune systems in the state, most of which are part of the Myall Lakes National Park. The first two beaches (NSW 217 & 218) occupy the first 4 km southwest of the point.Lighthouse Beach (NSW 218) is the highest energy beach on the east coast of Australia, particularly under southerly waves. The 2 km long beach faces almost due south, fully exposing it to all waves from that direction. It is bordered by Sugarloaf Point and Seal Rocks reef in the north and 30 m high Treachery Head in the south, which extends 700 m to the southwest. It can only be reached on foot from the Lighthouse car park, or via Treachery Head. It is backed by the highest and most extensive foredune in Australia, which in turn is breached by two large blowouts which extends 200 m inland rising to 40 m in height. The beach is composed of fine sand and has a double bar system dominated by large rips. Topographic rips flow out against both heads, with up to five rips cutting the outer bar. The inner bar is usually attached and cut by several rips.

Swimming

These are two exposed isolated rip-dominated beaches. Use care if swimming at either beach.

Surfing

Lighthouse is a popular spot as there is usually always a wave and the northeast winds blow offshore. The outer bar is best up to 2 m. Above that watch out, as the rips are big and treacherous. Yagon was 'discovered' by surfers in the early 1960s who were attracted to the northern beach break that is protected from northeast winds.

Fishing

Deep permanent gutters on both beaches attract a lot of fishers. The large holes are fished for tailor, mulloway, whiting, flathead and bream.

General

4WD driving permitted on Lighthouse Beach with access from rear of Seal Rocks settlement.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Information

About

Seal Rocks, NSW 2423

Length:
1.95km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw218

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Weather

Wednesday 24, Jan 6:50 pm

Day 27°    Night 21°
25°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  23°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

2 am
1.45m
8 am
0.54m
2 pm
1.44m
8 pm
0.30m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Thursday 25, Jan

Day 28°    Night 21°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

3 am
1.50m
9 am
0.53m
3 pm
1.36m
9 pm
0.31m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:50 pm


Weather

Wed 24, Jan to Wed 31, Jan


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Tide


UV

Wed 24th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:00 pm
Thu 25th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:50 pm
Fri 26th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sat 27th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 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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