Fingal - Beach in Fingal Bay Port Stephens NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Fingal NSW

Fingal Beach is an interesting location for two reasons. First the beach is located in Fingal Bay, which forms a southeast-facing 1.5 km wide almost circular shape, with a 1 km wide rocky entrance between Point Stephens and Fingal Head. Second, high waves occasionally breach the northern Fly Roads section... Read more

Fingal Beach is an interesting location for two reasons. First the beach is located in Fingal Bay, which forms a southeast-facing 1.5 km wide almost circular shape, with a 1 km wide rocky entrance between Point Stephens and Fingal Head. Second, high waves occasionally breach the northern Fly Roads section of the beach, at times giving the bay two entrances. The southern side of the bay is backed by a settlement of the same name, which had grown sufficiently by 1964 to warrant the formation of the Fingal Beach SLSC. The road from Shoal Bay runs along the southern half of the beach, together with a bike track to the high school. Car parking is available around the surf club, next to the park and in the southern corner, while the entire settlement is surrounded by Tomaree National Park. Fingal is the surfing beach for Nelson-Shoal bays and works best in moderate to high southeast waves. The waves usually average less than 0.5 m in the south, but increase northward to average just over 1 m north of the surf club, and again dropping in height along the spit toward Point Stephens. As a result a continuous attached bar occurs to either end with an attached bar cut by rips along the central portion, including in front of the surf club. During and following high waves up to 10 rips can form on the curving 2.7 km long beach including a strong rips against the normally calm southern head.

Swimming

A moderately hazardous beach, best between the flags or toward the sheltered southern end. Watch the rips north of the surf club and particularly if the spit if its open.

Surfing

The beach breaks work best during southeast swell, with swell higher than 2 m producing a southern point break.

Fishing

There is a beach boat launching at the south end, with fishing up the beach in the gutters and off the protected south rocks.

General

4WD on beach with permit.

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Fingal Beach SLSC

Fingal Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Fingal Bay, NSW 2315

Includes beaches:
Boulder Bay

Length:
2.7km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw230

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Littoral currents
    Littoral currents
  • Travelling rips
    Travelling rips
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Caravan park
  • Camping
  • Boat ramp
  • Cafe
  • Bike path
  • Lookout
  • Natural shade
  • Artificial shade
  • Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • No Littering
  • No Cats or Dogs

Weather

Wednesday 15, Aug 11:00 pm

Day 23°    Night 11°
22.7°C
Windy. Clear

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 30 knots south of Port Stephens during the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
1.53m
5 am
0.17m
11 pm
1.64m
5 pm
0.40m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 16, Aug

Day 21°    Night 14°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

6 am
0.27m
12 pm
1.50m
6 pm
0.49m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 pm


Weather

Wed 15, Aug to Wed 22, Aug


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon, easing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Wed 15th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 1:50 pm
Thu 16th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 1:40 pm
Fri 17th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:40 pm
Sat 18th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 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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