Black Head - Beach in Red Head Greater Taree NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Black Head NSW

Black Head is composed of Devonian mudstones, however unlike its neighbour Red Head, the name does not refer to the colour of the rock, but rather the Irish birthplace of the first settler William Hoy. The rocks on Black Head are however worth a look as they slope steeply in... Read more

Black Head is composed of Devonian mudstones, however unlike its neighbour Red Head, the name does not refer to the colour of the rock, but rather the Irish birthplace of the first settler William Hoy. The rocks on Black Head are however worth a look as they slope steeply in to the sea and are locally known as Razorback Rock. A rock pool is also located on the Black Head rock platform.The beach (NSW 192) is 1.6 km long running in a gentle east-facing arc between Red and Black heads (Fig. 4.108 & 4.109). It is backed by a single foredune with a creek running out across the southern end of the beach. Access is provided in the north from the Red Head car park with a walkway leading to the northern end of the beach, and from the caravan park that backs the centre of the beach. At the southern end there is a picnic area along the creek banks with additional parking around the Black Head SLSC and on the headland. Swimming began at Black Head in the early 1900s and a homemade surf reel was first placed on the beach in 1915. The surf club was formed in 1924 and its shark tower erected with the help of a team of bullocks. Today the club has an excellent view up the beach from its location below the southern headland. A small lagoon and creek drain across the southern corner with two footbridges crossing the lagoon to the beach. The small Hallidays Point community occupies the northern slopes of Black Head, with new subdivisions expanding the settlement to the west. The Diamond Beach-Hallidays Point community has a population of 1050.The beach receives slight protection during southerly waves from Black Head, resulting in an increase in wave height up the beach to peak at an average of 1.5 m at the north end. The beach has persistent rips along the north-central portion and off along Red Head, with rips only forming in the south during and following higher waves, which also produce a strong rip against Black Head.

Swimming

Best in the south in the patrolled area and in the rock pool. If up the beach stay on the attached portions of the bar and away from rips and side currents.

Surfing

A popular beach for surfing with both beach breaks and a reef break off Black Head, which works best when waves exceed 2 m.

Fishing

The beach only has gutters following high seas, while the rocks at each end are fronted by shallow reef.

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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

Black Head SLSC Inc.

Mon

16/10

Tue

17/10

Wed

18/10

Thu

19/10

Fri

20/10

Sat

21/10

Sun

22/10

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09:00 - 13:00

09:00 - 13:00

Blackhead (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Red Head, NSW 2430

Length:
1.58km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw192

Nearby beaches

Today's hazards

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Bus

Weather

Saturday 21, Oct 10:58 pm

Day 20°    Night 14°
18.9°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning. Winds decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly below 0.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.

Tide

10 am
1.38m
3 am
0.23m
10 pm
1.24m
4 pm
0.25m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 3:50 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Sunday 22, Oct

Day 21°    Night 12°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots tending southwesterly early in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

10 am
1.38m
4 am
0.28m
10 pm
1.18m
4 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 3:40 pm


Weather

Sat 21, Oct to Sat 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly below 10 knots tending south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then becoming south to southeasterly about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Sat 21st 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 3:50 pm
Sun 22nd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 3:40 pm
Mon 23rd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 3:50 pm
Tue 24th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 3:50 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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