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.

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20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

Sun

26/02

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09:00 - 13:00

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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

Wednesday 22, Feb 1:12 am

Day 26°    Night 20°
25°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  26°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Port Macquarie around midday. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower north of Port Macquarie, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

6 am
1.27m
6 pm
1.04m
12 pm
0.46m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 27°    Night 19°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots early in the morning then increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Port Macquarie. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre south of Port Macquarie. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

7 am
1.33m
12 am
0.46m
7 pm
1.09m
1 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Port Macquarie.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Thu 23rd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Fri 24th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Sat 25th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 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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