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
Sun, 19 Feb 22:00
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales
Sun, 19 Feb 18:46
Severe Thunderstorm Warning (NSW)
Wind: Northwest to northeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots before dawn then becoming variable about 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre by early evening. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. Rain heavy at times north of Norah Head in the afternoon and early evening. The chance of a thunderstorm.
Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Port Stephens around midday. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres for a period during the morning and early afternoon. 1st
Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly during the morning then tending east to northeasterly during the day.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.
|Sun 19th||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm|
|Mon 20th||12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm|
|Tue 21st||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm|
|Wed 22nd||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 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.