Swansea Heads - Beach in Swansea Heads Lake Macquarie NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Swansea Heads NSW

Lake Macquarie entrance flows out between two training walls, the southern wall against Swansea Heads. Between the wall and the tip of the heads, called Reids Mistake, is a sheltered 100 m long sandy beach (NSW 251). The beach is accessible by road with car parking immediately behind next to... Read more

Lake Macquarie entrance flows out between two training walls, the southern wall against Swansea Heads. Between the wall and the tip of the heads, called Reids Mistake, is a sheltered 100 m long sandy beach (NSW 251). The beach is accessible by road with car parking immediately behind next to a sewer works. The beach itself is well protected from waves by the wall and point and is a low wave beach, usually fronted by a shallow bar. Because of the sewer outlet it is unsuitable for swimming or fishing,The eastern side of Swansea Heads largely consists of sedimentary rocks of the Newcastle Coal Measures, which are cliffed with well-developed rock platforms, extending 2 km south of the heads. One kilometre to the south is a curving 100 m long sand beach (NSW 252) lying at the base of vegetated bluffs and fronted by cobbles, boulders and rocks in the surf. This beach is only suitable for fishing, not for swimming or surfing.

Swimming

At Swansea Heads there is a left off the southern entrance, with a second break nearer the rocks. During bigger seas there are also waves in the Swansea Channel. At Crabbs Beach a heavy right is produced over the southern point and reef which holds up to 5 m.

Surfing

None are suitable for swimming owing to the rips and rocks.

Fishing

This rocky section of shore is a popular spot with fishing off the breakwater and the extensive rock platforms.

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Information

About

Swansea Heads, NSW 2281

Length:
0.1km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw252

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Bus

Weather

Sunday 21, Oct 12:11 pm

Day 21°    Night 15°
16.9°C
Early shower or two

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds shifting southerly during the morning.
Swell: East to northeasterly 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers and the chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

7 am
0.80m
1 am
0.15m
7 pm
0.90m
1 pm
0.24m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 22, Oct

Day 25°    Night 14°
Possible shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon then tending northeasterly in the evening.
Swell: Easterly 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

7 am
0.88m
1 am
0.12m
7 pm
0.94m
1 pm
0.20m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

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


Weather

Sun 21, Oct to Sun 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide


UV

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