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

Zenith

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

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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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
23°C
Water
21°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Public phone
Shops
Wednesday, 20 Nov 4:13

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.


Shoal Bay, NSW 2315
Length: 0.4km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw224