Town Beach (NSW 161) is the most popular in Port Macquarie owing to its location near the centre of town, with a car park running the length of the beach and a riverfront caravan park behind. However it is also a potentially hazardous beach because of its proximity to rocks... Read more
Town Beach (NSW 161) is the most popular in Port Macquarie owing to its location near the centre of town, with a car park running the length of the beach and a riverfront caravan park behind. However it is also a potentially hazardous beach because of its proximity to rocks and the Hastings River mouth (Fig. 4.89). The 600 m long beach, curves between the southern river entrance wall and Green Mound, a jagged 15 m high headland, capped by the Pilots flagstaff. It faces northeast and has numerous rocks in the surf increasing toward the Mound. The low gradient beach is composed of fine sand and is dominated by permanent rips against the entrance wall and the Mound, with a third shifting central rip. Further out the Hastings River sand bar sweeps in towards the Mound. The river mouth bars and associated tidal flows produce variable bars and channels. Strong tidal currents move across these outer bars and channels with each tide. As a result the patrolled area is always located in the southern corner in lee of the larger rocks and well away from the river.
Stay on the inner bar and between the flags or in the southern corner. Do not swim in the river. It is deep and has strong currents.
A popular spot with board riders owing to the numerous bars and protection from south winds. When the bars and tide is right the beach can hold large southeast swell. Inside the breakwater is a spot called Flagstaff, which breaks over a sand bar in larger south swells.
The South Wall is popular while some reasonable holes form amongst the rocks around Green Mound.Read less
Sun, 28 May 10:30
Severe Weather Warning 1 (NSW)
Sun, 28 May 10:26
Warning to Sheep Graziers
Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northwesterly in the afternoon. Winds reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Crowdy Head in the late evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Crowdy Head by early evening.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm
Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 30 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st
Weather: The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the early morning. Sunny day.
Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:00 pm
Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.
|Sun 28th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm|
|Mon 29th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:00 pm|
|Tue 30th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:00 pm|
|Wed 31st||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:30 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.