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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15/01

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16/01

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17/01

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18/01

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19/01

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20/01

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21/01

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09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

Whale Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

15/01

Tue

16/01

Wed

17/01

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18/01

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19/01

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20/01

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21/01

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

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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

Weather

Sunday 21, Jan 11:56 pm

Day 28°    Night 19°
20.9°C
Clear

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

11 am
1.55m
5 am
0.31m
6 pm
0.13m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 22, Jan

Day 33°    Night 20°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots becoming northeasterly 25 to 30 knots in the evening then decreasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

12 am
1.25m
6 am
0.32m
12 pm
1.48m
7 pm
0.14m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:00 pm


Weather

Sun 21, Jan to Sun 28, Jan


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Sun 21st 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:10 pm
Mon 22nd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:00 pm
Tue 23rd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:50 pm
Wed 24th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:50 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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