Horseshoe Bay - Beach in South West Rocks Kempsey NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Horseshoe Bay NSW

Horseshoe Bay (NSW 136) is the most popular beach in the town, and is located at the end of the main street, and backed by a beachfront caravan park and park. It is also patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays. The curving 150 m long beach is wedged between... Read more

Horseshoe Bay (NSW 136) is the most popular beach in the town, and is located at the end of the main street, and backed by a beachfront caravan park and park. It is also patrolled by lifeguards during the summer holidays. The curving 150 m long beach is wedged between the hard sloping adamellite rocks of Point Briner and Monument Point. The point and its north-facing orientation results in waves averaging between 0.5-1 m. These maintain a low attached bar, that fills much of the bay (Fig. 4.72), with rips draining out either side of the bay during higher waves.

Swimming

The patrolled Horseshoe Bay and Front Beach are the best areas for swimming and usually free of rips. Back beach is isolated and prone to rips.

Surfing

Back Beach receives the biggest waves and usually has beach breaks. Bigger swell bring waves to Front Beach and Laggers Point, known as Trial Bay.

Fishing

Back Beach, South Wall, Back (South West) Creek, the footbridge and Laggers Point are all popular spots, with a boat launching ramp 1 km up the creek. There is vehicle access to Back Beach with a beach driving permit required from Kempsey Shire Council.

General

South West Rocks is a growing town of 3500 located on the north-facing shore of Trial Bay and adjacent the trained Macleay River mouth. The town has three increasingly sheltered north-facing beaches

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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

South West Rocks (Horseshoe Bay) (Lifeguards)

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

Sat

30/09

Sun

01/10

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

10:00 - 14:00

Information

About

South West Rocks, NSW 2431

Length:
0.15km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw136

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

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

Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep 2:51 am

Day 25°    Night 16°
27.5°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending south to southeasterly before dawn then becoming east to southeasterly about 10 knots in the late evening. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Coffs Harbour during the morning.
Swell: North to northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre around midday. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 metre around midday. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

5 am
0.34m
12 pm
1.23m
6 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 27, Sep

Day 27°    Night 14°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the morning then becoming northerly 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

12 am
0.95m
6 am
0.42m
1 pm
1.19m
8 pm
0.49m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm


Weather

Tue 26, Sep to Tue 03, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots at first, turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending east to northeasterly during the evening.
Swell: North to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Tue 26th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 2:30 pm
Wed 27th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm
Thu 28th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 2:40 pm
Fri 29th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:30 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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