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

Stockton Beach

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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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Beach Patrols Change Day

Stockton SLSC

Mon
19/10
Tue
20/10
Wed
21/10
Thu
22/10
Fri
23/10
Sat
24/10
Sun
25/10

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10:00 - 14:00

09:00 - 17:00

Newcastle City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon
19/10
Tue
20/10
Wed
21/10
Thu
22/10
Fri
23/10
Sat
24/10
Sun
25/10

09:00 - 17:30

09:00 - 17:30

09:00 - 17:30

09:00 - 17:30

09:00 - 17:30

09:00 - 17:30

09:00 - 17:30

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
16°C
Water
20°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Hazards

Large unexpected waves
Large unexpected waves
Gutters
Gutters

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
Passenger ferry
Bus

Regulation Symbols

No Littering
No Trailbikes
No Vehicles
No Horses
No Alcohol
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
No Glass
Sunday, 25 Oct 12:30

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.


Salt Ash, NSW 2318
Includes beaches: Newcastle Bight/stockton, Stockton
Length: 0.03km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw239