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, 28 May 10:30
Severe Weather Warning 1 (NSW)
Sun, 28 May 10:26
Warning to Sheep Graziers
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.
Sun protection not recommended
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
Sun protection recommended from 11:10 am to 12:40 pm
Wind: Westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.
|Sun 28th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:00 pm|
|Mon 29th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:10 am to 12:40 pm|
|Tue 30th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:40 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.