Bilgola - Beach in Bilgola Plateau Pittwater NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Bilgola NSW

Bilgola Beach (NSW 303) is located in a 400 m wide valley, with the main Barrenjoey Road detouring around the back on the valley, a section of road called the Bilgola Bends. The 500 m long beach faces southeast and is bordered by 60 m high Bilgola Head to the... Read more

Bilgola Beach (NSW 303) is located in a 400 m wide valley, with the main Barrenjoey Road detouring around the back on the valley, a section of road called the Bilgola Bends. The 500 m long beach faces southeast and is bordered by 60 m high Bilgola Head to the north, and 40 m shaly Newport Head and rock platform to the south. Bilgola id afforded some protection from southeast waves by Newport reef which extends 1 km out to sea, resulting in waves averaging less than 1.5 m. The beach has a single bar, which is usually cut by two shifting beach rips, with permanent rips against the rocks at each end (Fig. 4.197 & 4.198). The southern rip known as the 'Newport Express' is particularly treacherous flowing out over rocks in the direction of neighbouring Newport Beach. The Bilgola SLSC (founded 1949) is located at the very southern end of the beach adjacent to a car park and amenities block. The rest of the beach is backed by several beachfront houses, with access from the road at the northern end.

Swimming

Stay clear of the southern rip and swim between the flags as 83 people are rescued here on average each year. The bars are usually attached so stay on them. Safest place is in the centre, on the bar, and between the flags, and of course in the rock pool on the southern rock platform.

Surfing

Beach break only over the bars, with some protection in the north from the summer northeasterlies.

Fishing

A good gutter runs out past the southern rocks, with usually a few smaller gutters occurring along the beach.

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Bilgola SLSC

Bilgola Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Bilgola Plateau, NSW 2107

Length:
0.5km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw303

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Fixed rips
    Fixed rips
  • Accessible Rock Platforms
    Accessible Rock Platforms
  • Water pollution
    Water pollution
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Cafe
  • Public phone
  • Kiosk
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Natural shade
  • Toilets
  • Lookout
  • Showers
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering
  • No Cats or Dogs
  • No Dogs Allowed

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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