Tacking Point/lighthouse

Patrolled Unpatrolled Today

Tacking Point marks the end of the hard intrusive rocks that dominate the Port Macquarie coast and beaches. Four longer beaches (NSW 171-173) sweep for 15.5 km to the southwest to the more rolling slopes of Bonny Hills. The first beach, Lighthouse or Tacking Point Beach extends southwest of the... Read more

Tacking Point marks the end of the hard intrusive rocks that dominate the Port Macquarie coast and beaches. Four longer beaches (NSW 171-173) sweep for 15.5 km to the southwest to the more rolling slopes of Bonny Hills. The first beach, Lighthouse or Tacking Point Beach extends southwest of the point for 700 m between to the low Watonga Rocks, which extends across the lower beach and into the surf (Fig. 4.92 & 4.93). This is the main surfing beach for Port Macquarie, with the Tacking Point SLSC (established 1971) located at the northern end of the backing foreshore reserve, beside the small Lighthouse Gully creek. The reserve is in turn backed by Matthew Flinders Drive, then residential housing on the backing slopes, which rise to 50 m. The beach faces the southeast and receives waves averaging 1.6 m which combine with the fine sand to produce a well developed one to two bar system. The inner bar is always present and usually continuous and attached to the shore. However wave greater than 1.5 m result in rips cutting the bar particularly against the point and the rocks, and form a second outer bar. A wide trough, usually occupied by rips, separates the inner bar from the outer bar, which when present, is cut by rips at both ends.

Swimming

An exposed and potentially hazardous rip-dominated beach. Stay between the flags and on the inner bar.

Surfing

A popular summer spot where the northeasterlies blow offshore, best waves during moderate east and southeast swell on the outer bar.

Fishing

Both Tacking Point and Watonga Rocks are popular spots, with the point offering high, relatively safe locations, while Watonga Rocks can be fished off the beach for bream, whiting, tailor and mulloway.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Tacking Point SLSC

Mon
06/12
Tue
07/12
Wed
08/12
Thu
09/12
Fri
10/12
Sat
11/12
Sun
12/12

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09:00 - 16:00

09:00 - 16:00

Lighthouse Beach (Lifeguards)

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
22°C
Water
24°C
UV Rating
11 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
High surf
High surf
Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Winds
Winds
Beach exposure
Beach exposure
Long beach
Long beach
Reefs
Reefs
Rocks
Rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets Block M/F
Change Rooms
Showers
Kiosk
Shops
Public phone
Park
Picnic
Shade
Shelters
Caravan park
Cafe
Lookout
Natural shade
Mobile Phone Coverage
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Camping Prohibited
Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Vehicles
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
No Firearms
Wednesday, 8 Dec 8:56

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.


Flynns Beach, NSW 2444
Length: 0.68km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw171
COVID warnings legend
Beach at capacity
Restrictions apply
No access to beach
Beach nearing capacity
Access may be restricted
Consider alternatives