Redhead - Beach in Redhead Lake Macquarie NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Redhead NSW

Eighty-metre high Redhead Point marks the southern end of the rocky Newcastle shoreline, and the beginning of Nine Mile Beach (NSW 250). The beach initially trends due southwest as Redhead Beach (Fig. 4.145), curving to the south in the last 3 km as Blacksmith Beach, to terminate against the northern... Read more

Eighty-metre high Redhead Point marks the southern end of the rocky Newcastle shoreline, and the beginning of Nine Mile Beach (NSW 250). The beach initially trends due southwest as Redhead Beach (Fig. 4.145), curving to the south in the last 3 km as Blacksmith Beach, to terminate against the northern entrance wall for Lake Macquarie. The beach is backed by a sand barrier, which widens to 1.5 km in the north where extensive sand dunes dominate. On the northern side of the dunes the 10 ha Jewells Swamp drains to the beach via two small creeks including Crokers Creek, with a third Freshwater Creek draining the northern headland to cross the beach just south of the surf club. South of the dunes the 200 ha Belmont Swamp and Lagoon back much of the beach, together with the central Belmont sewer works and southern golf course. The only vehicle access is in the north at Redhead and south at Blacksmiths.The northern Redhead end of the beach has a long and interesting association with swimming and surf life saving. The Redhead SLSC was formed in 1907 on what was then a private beach. The lifesavers were known as the 'Durham Boys', as most worked in the (now closed) adjacent Durham coal mine. The first subdivision of the Redhead estate took place in 1911 thereby opening the beach to the public. Today the area is surrounded by the Awabakal Nature Reserve to the north; the Fernleigh Track (running from Adamstown to Belmont) to the west; the Nine Mile Beach dunes to the south; and the ocean to the east. The public is however welcome with parking and a park adjacent to the surf club.The beach extends for 10.4 km (making it 7 miles not 9 miles long) and for the most part is fully exposed to southerly waves which average 1.6 m, only decreasing slightly along Blacksmiths Beach. A well-developed double bar system runs the length of the beach decreasing to one bar at Blacksmiths. The inner bar is cut by rips every 200-300 m producing up to 50 rips along the beach. A wide, deep trough lies offshore, then the outer bar with rips spaced every 500 m or more (Fig. 4.146).The Redhead surf club is located on a rock outcrop 100 m south of Redhead Point. The stretch of sand between the club and the point is known as Little Redhead and under most conditions has a strong, permanent rip against the point. Rips occur at the point, at the rocks in front of the club and all the way down the beach to Blacksmiths. Fortunately they are usually separated by attached bars up to 200 m long, upon which are the best place to swim.

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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Redhead SLSC

Mon

23/10

Tue

24/10

Wed

25/10

Thu

26/10

Fri

27/10

Sat

28/10

Sun

29/10

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

23/10

Tue

24/10

Wed

25/10

Thu

26/10

Fri

27/10

Sat

28/10

Sun

29/10

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

Redhead, NSW 2290

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

Length:
1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw250A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone

Weather

Tuesday 24, Oct 3:14 pm

Day 24°    Night 13°
20.2°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by evening.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
0.99m
5 am
0.23m
6 pm
0.20m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 25, Oct

Day 26°    Night 17°
Possible shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

12 am
0.70m
6 am
0.26m
12 pm
0.94m
7 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 pm


Weather

Tue 24, Oct to Tue 31, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 20 knots before turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Tue 24th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wed 25th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 pm
Thu 26th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:00 pm
Fri 27th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:10 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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