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).
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.
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.
The rocks at the south end and the Cowrie Hole are the most popular spots to fish for luderick, bream, snapper and tailor.Read less
Fri, 20 Apr 04:22
Hazardous Surf Warning for New South Wales
Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, possibly severe. Caution: Surf conditions in the early morning may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:10 pm
Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.
|Fri 20th||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:10 pm|
|Sat 21st||5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:10 pm|
|Sun 22nd||5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:10 pm|
|Mon 23rd||5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 2:00 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.