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

Lake Macquarie City Council Lifeguard Service

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

Marine Warnings

Sun, 28 May 10:30
Severe Weather Warning 1 (NSW)

Sun, 28 May 10:26
Warning to Sheep Graziers

Weather

Sunday 28, May 10:53 am

Day 22°    Night 12°
15.7°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending west to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the late morning and afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Port Stephens during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

10 am
0.95m
4 am
0.14m
10 pm
1.33m
4 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 29, May

Day 18°    Night 11°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 20 to 30 knots tending west to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Norah Head during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 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: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:20 pm


Weather

Sun 28, May to Sun 04, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sun 28th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Mon 29th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:20 pm
Tue 30th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:20 pm
Wed 31st 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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