Newcastle Bight/stockton - Beach in Fern Bay Port Stephens NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Newcastle Bight/stockton NSW

Birubi Point beach (NSW 239a) begins immediately south of the low rocks of the point. The Birubi Point SLSC (founded 1995) and adjacent car park are located on the point and provide an excellent view down the long beach. The surf club patrols both the northern end of the main... Read more

Birubi Point beach (NSW 239a) begins immediately south of the low rocks of the point. The Birubi Point SLSC (founded 1995) and adjacent car park are located on the point and provide an excellent view down the long beach. The surf club patrols both the northern end of the main beach, as well as looking after the adjacent Birubi Point beach (Fig. 4.139). Be careful if swimming at either beach as waves are often large and rips dominate, particular against the rocks. Stay in the patrol area between the flags.South of Birubi Point massive sand dunes extend 25 km down the beach to Fern Bay. The only access to this section is by 4WDs, which are permitted on the beach and in sections of the dunes. There is even a small collection of fishing shacks in amongst the dunes. This is an exposed unpatrolled high-energy, rip-dominated section, so use care if entering the surf.

Swimming

At Birubi Point rips are strong and there is a permanent rip against the rocks. Use caution if swimming here, and stay between the flags. In the south, waves are usually lower and the beach patrolled. Watch for rips along the entire beach, particularly north of Stockton where they increase in strength.

Surfing

Birubi Point is a popular summer spot for Newcastle surfers as it picks up any southeast swell and the northeast winds blow offshore. The central beach area is a no-mans-land of numerous beach breaks, with the wreck of the Sigma sometimes producing good banks. Stockton is a popular spot with the locals.

Fishing

The entire beach is accessible by 4WD and numerous gutters always abound. These are fished for whiting, flathead, bream, tailor, mulloway and salmon. Popular spots are the Sigma wreck 10 km up the beach, and the Stockton Breakwater, including the Adolf wreck on the entrance wall.

General

4WD permitted on beach and some sections of bare dunes.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Information

About

Fern Bay, NSW 2295

Includes beaches:
Stockton Beach, Stockton

Length:
0.03km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw239A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

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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