Thirty-metre high Nelson Head provide a good view east across Shoal Bay, which contains Shoal Bay beach (PS 15) the most easterly and more energetic of the bay beaches (Fig. 4.132). It is a 2.5 km long, curving beach that faces initially northeast at Nelson Head, then north and finally... Read more
Thirty-metre high Nelson Head provide a good view east across Shoal Bay, which contains Shoal Bay beach (PS 15) the most easterly and more energetic of the bay beaches (Fig. 4.132). It is a 2.5 km long, curving beach that faces initially northeast at Nelson Head, then north and finally northwest against Tomaree Head. The beach is composed of clean medium to coarse sand, which produces a steep usually cusped reflective beach. This is a popular beach is backed for the most part by Shoal Bay Road, with a continuous foreshore reserve between the road and beach, and a shopping centre and most tourist facilities and accommodation on the other side of the road. The eastern end terminates at Tomaree National Park where there is extensive parking and picnic facilities, as well as a boat ramp and seawall.
The southern bay beaches are all relatively safe owing to the usually low wave to calm conditions. During high swell there can be a heavy shorebreak toward the western end of Shoal Bay beach.
The entire southern shore is a popular fishing destination for beach, rock and boat fishers, as well as the game fishers who head offshore from the several marinas. There are public boat ramps at Salamander Bay and Shoal Bay.
The southeast shore of Port Stephens contains the highly developed 5 km long section of shoreline between Nelson and Shoal bays. Nelson Bay (population 26 000) is the site of the main business and shopping centre for the Port Stephens. The main road runs through the shopping area and terminates on a bluff overlooking the western end of the two bay beaches (PS 12 & 13). The once continuous beach has been cut in half with the development of the d’Albora Marina at the western end.Read less
Thu, 22 Mar 02:10
Moderate Flood Warning for the Paterson and Williams Rivers
Thu, 22 Mar 01:31
Hazardous Surf Warning for New South Wales
Wind: Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots turning easterly 20 to 25 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, tending easterly 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. Rain and showers heavy at times north of Norah Head. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Norah Head. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.
Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:50 pm
Wind: Easterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.
Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:00 pm
Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning northerly during the evening.
Swell: Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.
|Thu 22nd||9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm|
|Fri 23rd||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:00 pm|
|Sat 24th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:00 pm|
|Sun 25th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:50 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.