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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Caves Beach SLSC

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20/02

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Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

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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

Marine Warnings

Wed, 22 Feb 04:42
Fire Weather Warning

Wed, 22 Feb 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 5:43 am

Day 30°    Night 18°
14.4°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  25°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots south of Port Stephens in the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower offshore south of Norah Head, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

6 am
0.88m
6 pm
0.66m
1 pm
0.23m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 33°    Night 17°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

7 am
0.95m
12 am
0.26m
7 pm
0.72m
1 pm
0.18m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Thu 23rd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Fri 24th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Sat 25th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:50 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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