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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South West Rocks (Horseshoe Bay) (Lifeguards)

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

Friday 26, May 8:04 am

Day 22°    Night 11°
16.5°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  23°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly below 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

8 am
1.36m
3 am
0.27m
9 pm
1.80m
2 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 27, May

Day 23°    Night 12°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable below 10 knots becoming northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon then tending northerly in the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Coffs Harbour. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide

9 am
1.32m
3 am
0.25m
10 pm
1.81m
3 pm
0.24m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:30 pm


Weather

Fri 26, May to Fri 02, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northwesterly during the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Fri 26th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:30 pm
Sat 27th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:30 pm
Sun 28th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:20 pm
Mon 29th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:20 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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