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

Zenith NSW

Zenith Beach (NSW 224) is framed between two conical headlands, 160 m high Tomaree to the north and 140 m Stephens Peak to the south. Walking tracks lead to the top of Tomaree Head and out to Point Stephens. The 400 m long beach, faces east and is backed by... Read more

Zenith Beach (NSW 224) is framed between two conical headlands, 160 m high Tomaree to the north and 140 m Stephens Peak to the south. Walking tracks lead to the top of Tomaree Head and out to Point Stephens. The 400 m long beach, faces east and is backed by a 10-20 m high foredune which links with the quieter Shoal Bay beach behind, the two tying the head to the mainland. A car park is located behind the foredune, with two walkways to the beach. The beach is partly sheltered by Point Stephens with waves averaging 1.3 m. These maintain an attached bar which is only cut by rips during and following high waves, when rips form against each head with one or two more in the centre. Otherwise an often heavy shorebreak is the major hazard.

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:
0.4km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw224

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Shops
  • Public phone

Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep 3:04 am

Day 21°    Night 16°
23.6°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Norah Head early in the morning. Winds turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres later in the evening. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

5 am
0.50m
12 pm
1.46m
6 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 27, Sep

Day 24°    Night 15°
Becoming windy. Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly about 10 knots tending northeasterly 15 to 25 knots before dawn then increasing to 25 to 35 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

12 am
1.14m
6 am
0.57m
12 pm
1.41m
7 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:50 pm


Weather

Tue 26, Sep to Tue 03, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 20 to 30 knots at first, turning southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending west to northwesterly during the day.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Tue 26th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 3:00 pm
Wed 27th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:50 pm
Thu 28th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 2:20 pm
Fri 29th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:50 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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