Caves - Beach in Caves Beach Lake Macquarie NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Caves NSW

Caves Beach (NSW 255) derives its name from sea caves in the headland at the southern end of the beach. The beach runs for just 300 m south from the sandy foreland to the southern cave-rocks. The Swansea-Caves SLSC, (founded in 1929), a park and car park are located at... Read more

Caves Beach (NSW 255) derives its name from sea caves in the headland at the southern end of the beach. The beach runs for just 300 m south from the sandy foreland to the southern cave-rocks. The Swansea-Caves SLSC, (founded in 1929), a park and car park are located at the southern end (Fig. 4.149). A road runs the length of the beach with additional parking along much of the beach. Though Caves faces the southeast it is afforded a moderate degree of wave protection by reefs in the centre and north and Spoon Rocks to the southeast. As a result waves average 1 m and maintain a single attached bar. However during high waves a strong rip forms against the southern rocks and one to two up the beach.

Swimming

Hams is a potentially hazardous beach owing to the higher waves, prominent rips and rocks. Stay on the inner portion of attached bars and away from rips and side currents. Caves usually has lower waves and is patrolled.

Surfing

These are two popular surfing beach, with Hams exposed to most swell, with the best breaks are the lefts and rights, known as Frenchmans, either side of the sand spit that forms in lee of the northern Frenchman Rock, while Caves provides some shelter during bigger seas.

Fishing

The best gutters are along Hams Beach, with the rocks more popular at Caves.

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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

Caves Beach SLSC

Mon

16/10

Tue

17/10

Wed

18/10

Thu

19/10

Fri

20/10

Sat

21/10

Sun

22/10

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

16/10

Tue

17/10

Wed

18/10

Thu

19/10

Fri

20/10

Sat

21/10

Sun

22/10

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

08:30 - 17:00

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Information

About

Caves Beach, NSW 2281

Length:
0.3km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw255

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Winds
    Winds
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Littoral currents
    Littoral currents
  • Fixed rips
    Fixed rips
  • Travelling rips
    Travelling rips
  • Slippery surface
    Slippery surface
  • Slippery rocks
    Slippery rocks
  • Rocks
    Rocks
  • Shallow Water
    Shallow Water
  • Shallow Sandbars
    Shallow Sandbars
  • Accessible Rock Platforms
    Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Outfall
    Outfall
  • Heavy shorebreak
    Heavy shorebreak
  • High surf
    High surf
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shelters
  • Cafe
  • Lookout
  • Natural shade
  • Bike path
  • Artificial shade
  • Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering
  • No Vehicles
  • No Cats or Dogs
  • No Model Planes
  • No Naked Flames
  • Camping Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • No Firearms
  • No Glass
  • No Alcohol

Weather

Saturday 21, Oct 11:00 pm

Day 21°    Night 12°
10.6°C
Mostly clear

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide

10 am
1.06m
3 am
0.15m
10 pm
0.87m
4 pm
0.15m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Sunday 22, Oct

Day 26°    Night 9°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

10 am
1.05m
4 am
0.17m
11 pm
0.81m
5 pm
0.17m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 3:50 pm


Weather

Sat 21, Oct to Sat 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting east to northeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon then becoming north to northeasterly during the evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Sat 21st 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 3:50 pm
Sun 22nd 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 3:50 pm
Mon 23rd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:00 pm
Tue 24th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:00 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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