Nobbys Head - Beach in Stockton Newcastle NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Nobbys Head 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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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Stockton, NSW 2295

Length:
0.25km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw241

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Weather

Wednesday 15, Aug 10:56 pm

Day 24°    Night 10°
18.8°C
Windy. Clear

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots south of Port Stephens during the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
1.61m
5 am
0.26m
11 pm
1.69m
5 pm
0.48m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 16, Aug

Day 22°    Night 13°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

5 am
0.36m
12 pm
1.59m
6 pm
0.57m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 pm


Weather

Wed 15, Aug to Wed 22, Aug


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon, easing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Wed 15th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm
Thu 16th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 pm
Fri 17th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 pm
Sat 18th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 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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