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.
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.
None are suitable for swimming owing to the rips and rocks.
This rocky section of shore is a popular spot with fishing off the breakwater and the extensive rock platforms.Read less
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Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales
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.