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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

11/12

Tue

12/12

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13/12

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14/12

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15/12

Sat

16/12

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17/12

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

11/12

Tue

12/12

Wed

13/12

Thu

14/12

Fri

15/12

Sat

16/12

Sun

17/12

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

07:00 - 17:30

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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
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • Bus

Weather

Thursday 14, Dec 7:11 pm

Day 26°    Night 21°
23.7°C
Mostly clear

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres.
Weather: Sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm south of Norah Head in the afternoon and early evening.

Tide

6 am
1.62m
12 am
0.52m
6 pm
1.36m
1 pm
0.62m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 15, Dec

Day 25°    Night 22°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 20 to 30 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots before dawn then tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

7 am
1.68m
12 am
0.52m
7 pm
1.35m
1 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm


Weather

Thu 14, Dec to Thu 21, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Thu 14th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Fri 15th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Sat 16th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Sun 17th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 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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