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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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Caves Beach SLSC

Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

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

Monday 29, May 11:17 pm

Day 18°    Night 8°
3.7°C
Clear

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore north of Port Stephens early in the morning. Winds turning southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: South to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
0.91m
5 am
0.16m
11 pm
1.26m
5 pm
0.30m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 30, May

Day 18°    Night 2°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending west to northwesterly early in the morning then tending west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower offshore at night. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

Tide

6 am
0.19m
12 pm
0.88m
6 pm
0.34m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Mon 29, May to Mon 05, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. Showers heavy at times in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Mon 29th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection not recommended
Tue 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 31st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 1st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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