Bungan Beach (NSW 305) sits between 40-50 m high Bungan and Mona Vale heads, both steep sandstone and shale cliff, fronted by rock platforms. The beach is backed by steep vegetated slopes rising 40 m to the main Barrenjoey Road (Fig. 4.201). Because of the steep slopes beach access is... Read more
Bungan Beach (NSW 305) sits between 40-50 m high Bungan and Mona Vale heads, both steep sandstone and shale cliff, fronted by rock platforms. The beach is backed by steep vegetated slopes rising 40 m to the main Barrenjoey Road (Fig. 4.201). Because of the steep slopes beach access is restricted to a steep footpath at the northern end, at the base of which is the Bungan SLSC (founded 1953), and down a more circuitous track at the southern end, off Headland Parade. As car parking is limited to the narrow roads that wind around the headland, lack of parking and access mean that Bungan never gets crowded. The beach does however attract a usually small band of swimmers and surfers. The 600 m long beach faces east-southeast and receives waves averaging 1.5 m. A single bar runs the length of the beach, with two strong permanent rips against the rocks at either end, and 2-3 shifting beach rips along the centre (Fig. 4.202). The bar is usually attached during periods of lower waves, but commonly detaches, particularly towards the north, during and following high waves. This results in a continuous trough with rips and their feeder currents, occupying the inner surf zone.
A potentially hazardous beach. You can clearly see the rips from the road. So definitely stay between the flags and on the bars.
This is where you go to get away from the more crowded Sydney breaks. It usually has reasonable beach breaks, while the northern corner offers some protection from summer northeast sea breezes, and with a north swell can produce a good left.
Not as popular as some of the surrounding beaches owing to the more difficult access. The northern rocks have a deep gutter and provide access to Newport Reef. Good gutters are usually found along the beach.Read less
Mon, 25 Sep 04:20
Fire Weather Warning
Mon, 25 Sep 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales
Wind: Westerly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day then southwesterly in the evening, reaching 25 knots offshore.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres by evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy.
Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 2:50 pm
Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late morning and early afternoon.
Swell: 1 to 1.5 metres in the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm
Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the afternoon then turning northerly during the evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.
|Mon 25th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|Tue 26th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm|
|Wed 27th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:50 pm|
|Thu 28th||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 2:50 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.