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

Wreck NSW

Immediately south of Zenith are three similar east-facing beaches all within Tomaree National Park. The first (NSW 225) lies at the base of Stephens Peak and is a 50 m long sandy beach wedged in a gap in the rocks and often awash at high tide and even absent following... Read more

Immediately south of Zenith are three similar east-facing beaches all within Tomaree National Park. The first (NSW 225) lies at the base of Stephens Peak and is a 50 m long sandy beach wedged in a gap in the rocks and often awash at high tide and even absent following severe erosion. It can only be accessed on foot from the Wreck Beach car park. Wreck Beach (NSW 226) is located 100 m to the south and is a 200 m long sandy beach located at the end of a 500 m walking track from the backing streets. It usually has an attached bar with rips forming against the rocks during higher waves. Box Beach (NSW 227) lies 500 m further south and is 350 m long and the most accessible with a car park and a 200 m walkway to the beach. All three beaches are bordered by 100 m high conical headlands. Waves average 1 m and the beaches usually have a shallow attached bar or may be reflective during periods of low waves. Rips do however run out against the headlands whenever waves exceed 1 m.

Swimming

The main beaches usually receive waves averaging 1 m or less and are moderately safe for swimming. However higher seas produce strong rips against the rocks.

Surfing

Usually only shorebreak however during big east and southeast swell Fly Roads can provide rights breaking along the spit, while south winds blow offshore.

Fishing

There is beach and rock fishing off all the beaches, with Fly Roads also fished by professional fishermen. Be careful if crossing the spit when breached as fishers have been trapped by the tide.

General

4WD permitted on Fly Roads beach.

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Information

About

Shoal Bay, NSW 2315

Length:
0.23km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw226

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Weather

Friday 26, May 8:06 am

Day 20°    Night 12°
19.5°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable below 10 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

8 am
1.57m
2 am
0.19m
8 pm
2.05m
2 pm
0.31m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:20 am to 12:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 27, May

Day 21°    Night 12°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre by early evening. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower offshore.

Tide

9 am
1.53m
3 am
0.15m
9 pm
2.05m
3 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm


Weather

Fri 26, May to Fri 02, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending west to northwesterly during the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Fri 26th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:10 pm
Sat 27th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm
Sun 28th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:00 am to 12:50 pm
Mon 29th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:20 am to 12:30 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.

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