Main NSW

Nambucca Heads Main Beach (NSW 125) continuous south of the rocks for 600 m to a more prominent bluff, at the base of which is the Nambucca Heads SLSC (Fig. 4.64). Car parking is provided both above and below the bluffs, with shops and amenities ontop of the bluffs. The... Read more

Nambucca Heads Main Beach (NSW 125) continuous south of the rocks for 600 m to a more prominent bluff, at the base of which is the Nambucca Heads SLSC (Fig. 4.64). Car parking is provided both above and below the bluffs, with shops and amenities ontop of the bluffs. The bluffs form headlands, rocks and reefs where they protrude into the surf, resulting in an irregular beach alternating with rocks (Fig. 4.65) and waves averaging 1 m in height. The beach usually has a continuous attached bar under normal waves, with rips forming during higher wave conditions, particularly amongst the rocks. The surf club, which was formed in 1933, averages 14 rescues each year.

Swimming

These are five moderately sheltered, but rock and reef-dominated beaches, so use care when swimming. The most popular are the Main patrolled and the more sheltered Shelly.

Surfing

These beaches are not renown for their surf, though you will usually find a few locals surfing the northern and Main Beach breaks. During larger east and southeast waves there are breaks on some of the outer reefs.

Fishing

Best gutters are around the many rocks which are fished for mulloway, tailor, bream and flathead. Shelly Beach, the Jewie Hole on the heads and Wellington Rock to the east are all popular spots and are fished for bream, flathead, tailor and mulloway, with boat launching also at Shelly's.

General

Nambucca Heads is a popular coastal town of 7000 located on the northern side of the Nambucca River mouth. The 40 m high head extends north of the river for 3 km as a mixture of cliffs, bluffs, rocks and reefs, and divides the adjacent shoreline into five rock-bound beaches (NSW 124-128).

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Patrolled Unpatrolled Today Change Day

Nambucca Heads SLSC Inc

Mon

05/12

Tue

06/12

Wed

07/12

Thu

08/12

Fri

09/12

Sat

10/12

Sun

11/12

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09:00 - 13:00

09:00 - 13:00

Nambucca Heads Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Nambucca Heads, NSW 2448

Length:
0.6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw125

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

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

Marine Warnings

Thu, 08 Dec 04:58
Fire Weather Warning

Thu, 08 Dec 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Thursday 08, Dec 9:08 am

Day 29°    Night 19°
20°C
Showers. Likely storm developing

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day. Winds reaching up to 25 knots south of Coffs Harbour during the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

4 am
1.04m
9 am
0.47m
4 pm
1.23m
10 pm
0.24m

UV

Index: 14 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:10 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Friday 09, Dec

Day 29°    Night 20°
Morning shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots ahead of south to southeasterly change 20 to 30 knots about the late morning.
Swell: North to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers in the morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

Tide

5 am
1.14m
11 am
0.44m
5 pm
1.21m
11 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 14 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:10 pm


Weather

Thu 08, Dec to Thu 15, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Thu 8th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Fri 9th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:10 pm
Sat 10th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Sun 11th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:10 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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