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.
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.
The beach breaks work best during southeast swell, with swell higher than 2 m producing a southern point break.
There is a beach boat launching at the south end, with fishing up the beach in the gutters and off the protected south rocks.
4WD on beach with permit.Read less
Wind: Variable below 10 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.
Sun protection recommended from 11:20 am to 12:30 pm
Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower offshore.
Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm
Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending west to northwesterly during the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower.
|Fri 26th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:10 pm|
|Sat 27th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm|
|Sun 28th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm|
|Mon 29th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:20 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.