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

Wednesday 24, May 7:59 pm

Day 23°    Night 15°
22.5°C
Clear

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots, shifting west to southwesterly in the early afternoon, reaching 25 knots offshore.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm, mainly in the morning.

Tide

6 am
1.60m
12 am
0.37m
7 pm
1.90m
12 pm
0.29m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 25, May

Day 20°    Night 13°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable below 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre by early evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower offshore north of Port Stephens, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

7 am
1.60m
1 am
0.26m
8 pm
1.99m
1 pm
0.29m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:10 pm


Weather

Wed 24, May to Wed 31, May


Swell


Wind


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

Tide


UV

Wed 24th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 pm
Thu 25th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:10 pm
Fri 26th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:00 pm
Sat 27th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:10 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.

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