Blacksmiths - Beach in Blacksmiths Lake Macquarie NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Blacksmiths

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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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Beach Patrols Change Day

Swansea Belmont SLSC

Mon
07/10
Tue
08/10
Wed
09/10
Thu
10/10
Fri
11/10
Sat
12/10
Sun
13/10

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon
07/10
Tue
08/10
Wed
09/10
Thu
10/10
Fri
11/10
Sat
12/10
Sun
13/10

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
21°C
Water
19°C
UV Rating
7 / 11

Hazards

Beach Photo
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Hazards

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

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
Monday, 7 Oct 5:29

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.


Blacksmiths, NSW 2281
Includes beaches: Nine Mile Beach, Redhead, Nine Mile, Reids Reserve Breakwall
Length: 2.5km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw250C