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

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

Sat

30/09

Sun

01/10

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Fingal Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

Sat

30/09

Sun

01/10

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

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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

Tuesday 26, Sep 2:54 am

Day 21°    Night 16°
23.6°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Norah Head early in the morning. Winds turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

5 am
0.50m
12 pm
1.46m
6 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 27, Sep

Day 24°    Night 15°
Becoming windy. Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly about 10 knots tending northeasterly 15 to 25 knots before dawn then increasing to 25 to 35 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

12 am
1.14m
6 am
0.57m
12 pm
1.41m
7 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:50 pm


Weather

Tue 26, Sep to Tue 03, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots at first, turning southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending west to northwesterly during the day.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Tue 26th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 3:00 pm
Wed 27th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:50 pm
Thu 28th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:20 pm
Fri 29th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:50 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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