Blacksmiths Beach (NSW 250b) is the home of the Swansea-Belmont SLSC founded in 1927. Access to the beach is provided right along the 1.5 km long Blacksmiths beachfront, with car parking and a large park and picnic area at the southern end. This end of the beach faces east and... Read more
Blacksmiths Beach (NSW 250b) is the home of the Swansea-Belmont SLSC founded in 1927. Access to the beach is provided right along the 1.5 km long Blacksmiths beachfront, with car parking and a large park and picnic area at the southern end. This end of the beach faces east and receives increasing protection from Swansea Heads, Moon Island and the northern entrance wall. As a result, over the southern 3 km of the beach a single bar dominates, and the rips while still prevailing all the way to the wall, became less intense and less active to the south, particularly under southeast waves (Fig. 4.147).
At Redhead stay close to the surf club and swim between the flags. Be very careful if swimming near the rocks or down the beach, as it is rip-dominated and isolated, and there is also a sewer outlet across the beach. While Blacksmith usually has lower waves it is still rip-dominated so stay between the flags.
Redhead picks up any east or southeast swell and is best during summer when it is protected from northeast winds. Blacksmiths offers beach breaks and during large southeast swell the bar against the entrance wall can offer good rights. During bigger seas there are breaks either side of the northern entrance wall, known as Blacksmith Point.
This long beach usually has gutters most of its length, with permanent gutters at Little Redhead and off the Swansea breakwater. These gutters are fished for a wide range of species including tailor, bream, whiting and mulloway.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
Swansea Belmont SLSC
Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service
Accessible Rock Platforms
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.