There is an excellent view of South Smoky Beach (NSW 144) from the Smoky Cape lighthouse car park. The 16 km long beach runs initially south-southwest then south before curving round at Hat Head to finally face northeast and can be divided into three sections. The northernmost (NSW 144a) extends... Read more
There is an excellent view of South Smoky Beach (NSW 144) from the Smoky Cape lighthouse car park. The 16 km long beach runs initially south-southwest then south before curving round at Hat Head to finally face northeast and can be divided into three sections. The northernmost (NSW 144a) extends southwest of the cape for 2.5 km to a subdued foreland in lee of Black Rocks reef, located 1 km seaward. This section is fully exposed with a well-developed rip-dominated double bar system. One kilometre south of the cape is a beach side picnic and camping area, together with 4WD access to the beach.Beach NSW 144b extends south of the foreland for 11.5 km, trending southwest then south towards Hat Head. It has a continuous rip-dominated double bar system, with up to 40 beach rips operating along the inner bar. The only access is by 4WD along the beach. It is backed by 200-500 m wide dunes, then a swampy interbarrier depression and an inner Pleistocene barrier, all located within Hat Head National Park.The southern Hat Head section (NSW 144c) curves to the southeast in lee of 164 m high Hat Head, which protrudes 1.5 km to the northeast as Korogoro Point. As a consequence wave height drops to the south, maintaining a single rip-dominated bar, which terminates in the south as a wide shallow bar against the mouth of Korogoro Creek (Fig. 4.74 & 4.75). The shallow creek flowing out hard against the rocks of Hat Head. This beach is backed by a vegetated foredune, then the small village of Hat Head (population 350), which has a large caravan park bordered by the creek mouth. The Hat Head SLSC, established in 1948, and lifeguards patrol the popular creek mouth and southern end of the beach. There is a boat ramp at the creek mouth.
Be very careful at South Smoky and along the main beach as rips and a wide surf zone dominate. Stay on the attached bars, if present, and away from rip holes and currents. Best swimming is a Hat Head between the flags on the usually wide flat bar and in the shallow creek mouth. However rips form against the point and particularly up the beach.
Hat Head well known for its good righthand beach break at the point, which when the bars are right can run on down the beach. Holds northeast to southeast swell up to 3 m, with south-westerlies blowing offshore.
There is a permanent gutter at the base of Smoky Cape, and numerous gutters down the beach, which are fished for whiting, bream and tailor. In addition there is the creek at Hat Head, with a boat ramp in the creek.
The northern 0.5 km and southern 1.5 km at Hat Head are closed to all vehicles, except at the boat ramp. The central 14.5 km of beach is open. A beach driving permit is required from Kempsey Shire Council, and is also available from Hat Head and South West Rocks caravan parks.Read less
Sun, 19 Feb 22:00
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales
Sun, 19 Feb 18:46
Severe Thunderstorm Warning (NSW)
Wind: Northerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds shifting south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots early in the morning then becoming west to southwesterly about 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: Northeast to southeasterly below 1 metre, tending north to northeasterly 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending easterly below 1 metre during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower or thunderstorm offshore in the early morning.
Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots during the day.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Crowdy Head.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny.
|Sun 19th||14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:10 pm|
|Mon 20th||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm|
|Tue 21st||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm|
|Wed 22nd||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 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.