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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Black Head SLSC Inc.

Blackhead (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Red Head, NSW 2430

Length:
1.58km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw192

Nearby beaches

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

Monday 29, May 11:14 pm

Day 19°    Night 12°
19°C
Clear

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, shifting southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning. Winds easing 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st
Weather: The chance of a thunderstorm offshore south of Port Macquarie in the early morning. Sunny day.

Tide

11 am
1.25m
5 am
0.20m
11 pm
1.64m
4 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:50 am to 12:10 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Tuesday 30, May

Day 18°    Night 8°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre by early evening.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore at night. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

Tide

6 am
0.26m
12 pm
1.21m
5 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm


Weather

Mon 29, May to Mon 05, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning southerly 25 to 30 knots during the day.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Mon 29th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm
Tue 30th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm
Wed 31st 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm
Thu 1st 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:50 am to 12:10 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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