Whale - Beach in Whale Beach Pittwater NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Whale NSW

Whale Beach (NSW 301) was named following a whale beaching. It is a 600 m long, beach east-facing beach bordered by 40 m high Little and Careel heads and backed by slopes rising to 100 m, covered in houses. The Whale Beach SLSC was formed in 1937, at a time... Read more

Whale Beach (NSW 301) was named following a whale beaching. It is a 600 m long, beach east-facing beach bordered by 40 m high Little and Careel heads and backed by slopes rising to 100 m, covered in houses. The Whale Beach SLSC was formed in 1937, at a time when campers and weekenders dominated beach users. The beach is accessed via winding Whale Beach Road, and a steep decent to the beachfront reserve, which includes a large car park, southern picnic area and rock pool on the southern rock platform. Two stormwater drains empty onto the centre of an otherwise attractive and popular beach. The beach receives waves averaging 1.6 m resulting in an energetic surf zone, dominated by a single bar, which is always cut by three to four rips, including permanent rips against either headland, while the others occupy the centre (Fig. 4.194). The bar is usually attached, however during and following high seas a trough can run the length of the beach and one megarip can drain the entire beach.

Swimming

Stay between the flags and on the bar as 78 people a year are rescued here. Be particularly careful toward the rocks at each end where strong rips persist.

Surfing

Best known for the Whale Beach Wedge, which breaks a rock reef off the northern rock platform and provides a good take off and short but solid left. The north end is also favoured for beach breaks during summer when some protection from north winds is offered by the high ridges, while in winter the south end offers the same protection from south winds.

Fishing

The northern rocks are easily accessible and have wide rock platforms extending round toward Palm Beach. This is a very popular fishing location, along with two to three good gutters usually found along the beach.

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Whale Beach SLSC Inc

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25/09

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26/09

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27/09

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28/09

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29/09

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30/09

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01/10

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09:00 - 16:00

09:00 - 16:00

Whale Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

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30/09

Sun

01/10

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

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Information

About

Whale Beach, NSW 2107

Length:
0.6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw301

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Bus

Marine Warnings

Mon, 25 Sep 04:20
Fire Weather Warning

Mon, 25 Sep 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Monday 25, Sep 9:00 am

Day 25°    Night 17°
20.2°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


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.

Tide

11 am
1.41m
5 am
0.33m
6 pm
0.33m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 2:50 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep

Day 22°    Night 14°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


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
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

12 am
1.11m
5 am
0.39m
12 pm
1.34m
6 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm


Weather

Mon 25, Sep to Mon 02, Oct


Swell


Wind


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.

Tide


UV

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.

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