Shoal Bay - Beach in Shoal Bay Port Stephens NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Shoal Bay NSW

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

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.

General

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.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Shoal Bay, NSW 2315

Includes beaches:
Jimmys Beach, Bagnalls, Dutchmans, Nelson Bay Marina, Nelson Bay, Little Nelson Bay

General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nswPS15

Nearby beaches

Weather

Tuesday 24, Oct 3:16 pm

Day 24°    Night 14°
21.4°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly about 10 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by evening.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
1.59m
5 am
0.47m
6 pm
0.40m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 25, Oct

Day 27°    Night 17°
Possible shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

12 am
1.20m
5 am
0.54m
12 pm
1.54m
7 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 pm


Weather

Tue 24, Oct to Tue 31, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 20 knots before turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Tue 24th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wed 25th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 pm
Thu 26th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 3:50 pm
Fri 27th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:00 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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