Main - Beach in Nambucca Heads Nambucca NSW - SLS Beachsafe

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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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

Weather

Wednesday 24, May 7:59 pm

Day 26°    Night 13°
20.8°C
Clear

Water Temperature  24°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening, reaching 25 knots offshore.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the evening. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a shower or thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide

6 am
1.41m
1 am
0.39m
7 pm
1.66m
1 pm
0.24m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 25, May

Day 22°    Night 14°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore south of Coffs Harbour, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

7 am
1.39m
2 am
0.32m
8 pm
1.75m
1 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:30 pm


Weather

Wed 24, May to Wed 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly about 10 knots becoming east to southeasterly during the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Wed 24th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:10 am to 1:30 pm
Thu 25th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:30 pm
Fri 26th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:20 pm
Sat 27th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 1:20 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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