Nobbys - Beach in Newcastle East Newcastle NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Nobbys NSW

Nobbys Head was called Nobbys Island until it was joined to the mainland by the construction of the southern Hunter River entrance wall in 1846. On the east side of the small knobbly head is a 250 m long beach (NSW 241), bordered by the entrance wall on the north... Read more

Nobbys Head was called Nobbys Island until it was joined to the mainland by the construction of the southern Hunter River entrance wall in 1846. On the east side of the small knobbly head is a 250 m long beach (NSW 241), bordered by the entrance wall on the north and the inner rocks and reefs of Big Ben Rock in the south. In the early days of penal settlement the head was called Coal Island, where coal was mined by convicts. The beach can now be reached via the breakwater road. It is a moderately protected beach and waves average less than 1 m, producing a steep beach fronted by a continuous shallow bar, with rocks in the surf toward Big Ben.Nobbys Beach (NSW 242) was also formed as a result of the entrance wall, and today the wall backs the entire beach. During big seas waves wash across the beach to reach the wall. At the south end a seawall continues round in front of the Nobby SLSC, founded in 1923, to car park at the foot of 20 m high Flagstaff Hill. The 900 m long beach faces the east-southeast and receives waves averaging 1.6 m on the outer reef. They are lowered along the southern section of beach where the bar is usually attached bar, with higher waves and rips dominating the northern end. The higher waves break on the northern reef and reform in a wide deep trough before reaching the beach as a strong shorebreak, with a rip flowing out of the trough (Figs. 4.140 & 4.141).

Swimming

The headland beach is moderately safe beach in close to shore. Nobbys Beach is more exposed, with rips, rocks and reefs. Only swim when patrolled and between the flags.

Surfing

There are a number of reef based surfing spots around Nobbys including a left called The Wedge off the head; Stratts Spit located immediately south of Big Ben; Nobbys Reef that works in southeast and east swell and in the south; The Spot, a reef which has rights and lefts running off the southern bar into the rips. Around the rocks towards Newcastle Beach is the Cowrie Hole, which can produce some excellent reef breaks during southeast swell, and the adjacent Flat Rock which in smaller northeast swell holds a left.

Fishing

The rocks at the south end and the Cowrie Hole are the most popular spots to fish for luderick, bream, snapper and tailor.

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Nobbys SLSC (NSW)

Mon

10/12

Tue

11/12

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12/12

Thu

13/12

Fri

14/12

Sat

15/12

Sun

16/12

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

10/12

Tue

11/12

Wed

12/12

Thu

13/12

Fri

14/12

Sat

15/12

Sun

16/12

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

Information

About

Newcastle East, NSW 2300

Length:
0.8km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw242

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

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

Weather

Monday 10, Dec 7:05 pm

Day 28°    Night 18°
21°C
Possible shower

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

10 am
1.80m
4 am
0.61m
11 pm
1.31m
5 pm
0.42m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 11, Dec

Day 23°    Night 20°
Showers increasing

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots early in the morning then becoming east to southeasterly about 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the morning and early afternoon.

Tide

11 am
1.75m
4 am
0.65m
6 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm


Weather

Mon 10, Dec to Mon 17, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeasterly during the evening.
Swell: East to northeasterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Mon 10th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Tue 11th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Wed 12th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Thu 13th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:00 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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