Stockton Beach - Beach in Salt Ash Port Stephens NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Stockton Beach NSW

Stockton Beach (NSW 239) is the longest beach in NSW and curves in a gentle south-trending arc from Birubi Point for 31.8 km to the mouth of the Hunter River at Newcastle. It occupies Newcastle Bight, known at its southern end as Stockton Bight. For most of its length the... Read more

Stockton Beach (NSW 239) is the longest beach in NSW and curves in a gentle south-trending arc from Birubi Point for 31.8 km to the mouth of the Hunter River at Newcastle. It occupies Newcastle Bight, known at its southern end as Stockton Bight. For most of its length the beach is well exposed to the dominant southerly waves and winds. The waves have delivered masses of Hunter River sand to the beach, which has then been blown up to 3 km inland, building one of the largest and most active coastal dune systems in NSW (Fig. 4.138). The beach can be divided into the northern Birubi Point section and the southern Stockton section.The beach receives all waves out of the east through south, which averages 1.6 m, only decreasing in the southern 5 km toward Stockton and the northern Hunter River entrance wall, a massive structure extending 800 m out to sea. Beach sediments are fine in the north and medium to the south. The waves combine to maintain a well-developed double bar system for most of the length of the beach, with even three bars occurring in the north during very high seas. The inner bar is usually attached and cut by rips every 300-400 m, which are bordered by a deep 80 m wide trough and the outer bar with rips every several hundred metres. Only in the last few kilometres at Stockton do the lower waves and coarser sand result in a single attached bar, however it is still cut by rips all the way to the entrance wall. The end result is a long and hazardous beach, with waves only decreasing in front of the southern Stockton surf club.

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.

Stockton SLSC

Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service

Information

About

Salt Ash, NSW 2318

Includes beaches:
Newcastle Bight/stockton, Stockton

Length:
0.03km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw239

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Large unexpected waves
    Large unexpected waves
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Camping
  • Caravan park
  • Boat ramp
  • Cafe
  • Natural shade
  • Artificial shade
  • Power supply
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus
  • Passenger ferry

Regulation Symbols

  • No Littering
  • No Trailbikes
  • No Vehicles
  • No Horses
  • No Alcohol
  • No Cats or Dogs
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • No Glass

Marine Warnings

Sun, 28 May 10:30
Severe Weather Warning 1 (NSW)

Sun, 28 May 10:26
Warning to Sheep Graziers

Weather

Sunday 28, May 11:01 am

Day 22°    Night 12°
15.8°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending west to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the late morning and afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Port Stephens during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

10 am
1.58m
4 am
0.26m
10 pm
2.07m
4 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Monday 29, May

Day 18°    Night 11°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 20 to 30 knots tending west to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Norah Head during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
1.54m
5 am
0.30m
11 pm
1.98m
5 pm
0.62m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:20 pm


Weather

Sun 28, May to Sun 04, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sun 28th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm
Mon 29th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:20 pm
Tue 30th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:20 pm
Wed 31st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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