Inside the entrance to Newcastle harbour are two small beaches, both formed as a result of construction of the harbour entrance walls. On the north side is Little Park beach (NSW 240) formed following construction of the north entrance wall and the shorter Pirate Point entrance wall which form the... Read more
Inside the entrance to Newcastle harbour are two small beaches, both formed as a result of construction of the harbour entrance walls. On the north side is Little Park beach (NSW 240) formed following construction of the north entrance wall and the shorter Pirate Point entrance wall which form the boundaries of this 200 m long beach. The beach is located inside the Hunter River entrance, immediately south of the southern end of Stockton Beach. It faces east out towards the 500 m wide entrance, with only low refracted wave reaching the shore. The waves maintain a steep reflective beach. However its proximity next to the river, with its deep channel and tidal currents makes this a potentially dangerous location to swim. It is backed by a park, car park and an Olympic swimming pool, the downtown centre of Stockton.On the south side is 250 m long Horseshoe Beach (NSW 240S), which is bordered by the southern entrance wall and an inner harbour wall. The beach is backed by the Horseshoe Beach Reserve which includes a low fenced foredune, park area and car park.
Stay near the shore and away from the river and its strong currents that flow past both beaches.
None, unless you are paddling out to the inside of the southern entrance wall, which during big north-east swell, throws up a treacherous left called The Harbour.
A popular readily accessible spot with fishing off the beach and particularly the adjoining Pirate Wall and breakwater for a range of fish, including bream, luderick, mulloway and flathead.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.
Includes beaches: Horseshoe Beach
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw240