Blacksmiths - Beach in Blacksmiths Lake Macquarie NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Blacksmiths NSW

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).

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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.

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Swansea Belmont SLSC

Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

Information

About

Blacksmiths, NSW 2281

Includes beaches:
Nine Mile Beach, Redhead, Nine Mile, Reids Reserve Breakwall

Length:
2.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw250C

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Inlet
    Inlet
  • Travelling rips
    Travelling rips
  • Beach exposure
    Beach exposure
  • Accessible Rock Platforms
    Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Beach erosion
    Beach erosion
  • High surf
    High surf
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Rock pool
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Camping
  • Caravan park
  • Boat ramp
  • Bike path
  • Natural shade
  • Artificial shade
  • Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering
  • No Cats or Dogs
  • No Naked Flames
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
  • No Firearms
  • Shared Footway
  • No Glass
  • Surfcraft Prohibited
  • Fires Prohibited
  • No Alcohol

Weather

Wednesday 24, May 7:55 pm

Day 24°    Night 11°
15.2°C
Clear

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots, shifting west to southwesterly in the early afternoon, reaching 25 knots offshore.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, mainly in the morning.

Tide

6 am
1.04m
12 am
0.23m
7 pm
1.27m
12 pm
0.18m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 25, May

Day 20°    Night 9°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable below 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower offshore north of Port Stephens, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

7 am
1.04m
1 am
0.18m
8 pm
1.34m
1 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm


Weather

Wed 24, May to Wed 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Wed 24th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:10 pm
Thu 25th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Fri 26th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:10 am to 12:40 pm
Sat 27th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 1:00 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.

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