South of Newcastle beach is 2 km long section of cliffed coast, peaking at 75 m high Shepherd Hill. Just south of the hill is a gap in the rocks occupied by Susan Gilmour beach (NSW 244). The 100 m long sandy beach is named after the 'Susan Gilmour' an... Read more
South of Newcastle beach is 2 km long section of cliffed coast, peaking at 75 m high Shepherd Hill. Just south of the hill is a gap in the rocks occupied by Susan Gilmour beach (NSW 244). The 100 m long sandy beach is named after the 'Susan Gilmour' an American ship wrecked there in 1884. A surf club was formed in 1931, however problems in gaining recognition from the council, which in fact erected a sign warning people against swimming at the beach, lead to the closure of the club in 1938. The beach is reached by walking round the wide rock platform from Bar Beach, and has another platform on the north side. The size and width of the beach varies with wave conditions. At its best it consists of a beach fronted by an attached bar, with rips running out against both sets of rocks. When waves exceed 1 m it is more rip than beach.
Only safe during low waves, even then watch the rips and rocks. Not safe when waves exceed 1 m.
A short shorebreak between the rocks.
The flat rock platforms to either side and around toward Newcastle Beach offer good access to deeper water. However be careful when a swell is running.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw244