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
Wed, 26 Oct 10:15
Minor to Major flood warning for the Murrumbidgee River
Wed, 26 Oct 10:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales
Wind: North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots, tending northeasterly in the afternoon. Winds reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning and again in the evening.
Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre around midday.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Becoming cloudy.
Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots shifting south to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning.
Swell: Northeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers in the late afternoon and evening. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Norah Head in the late afternoon and evening.
Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:20 pm
Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
|Wed 26th||10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm|
|Thu 27th||10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:20 pm|
|Fri 28th||11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm|
|Sat 29th||11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:30 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.