Shellharbour North/nuns - Beach in Barrack Point Shellharbour NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Shellharbour North/nuns NSW

Shellharbour North beach (NSW 381) is a 1 km long, slightly curving east-facing beach, extending south from the rocks of Barrack Point to a small rocky protrusion. The beach is backed by a low vegetated foredune, then a road and bike path with a caravan park straddling the northern end... Read more

Shellharbour North beach (NSW 381) is a 1 km long, slightly curving east-facing beach, extending south from the rocks of Barrack Point to a small rocky protrusion. The beach is backed by a low vegetated foredune, then a road and bike path with a caravan park straddling the northern end of the road, a sewer farm sits in the backing Barrack Swamp, with the Shellharbour SLSC (formed in 1936) is located at the southern end, with houses spreading up the backing slopes to Shellharbour township. The beach receives waves averaging 1.4 m reduced slightly by the presence of seaward protruding Bass Point, 4 km to the south. The waves produce 6-8 rips across the usually attached bar, while permanent rips flow out against the rocks at either end (Fig. 4.309 & 4.310).

Swimming

The southern end of the north beach is patrolled and provides the best location for swimming. Avoid the rips particularly if swimming up the beach. The harbour beach is unsuitable owing to boat traffic, however the rock pool is not only safe but also patrolled by a lifeguard from Christmas to Easter, as is the southern beach.

Surfing

There are beach breaks along main beach, while off the southern rocks is a hollow right-hander called Cowries, which works best in moderate east to southeast swell. There is no surf in the harbour but there is a right off the pool called The Pool and a left called Shatters.

Fishing

Good rock platforms at the ends of each beach, plus beach gutters following high seas, while the harbour has a boat ramp.

General

Shellharbour is a 400 m wide rocky bay that has been used as a port since the 1850s. Today it is backed by the growing township of Shellharbour, and is bordered by northern and southern Shellharbour beaches. The four beaches (NSW 381-383) occupy 3 km of coast between the northern Barrack Point and the base of the 3 km long Bass Point.

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Shellharbour SLSC

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

Sat

30/09

Sun

01/10

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09:30 - 17:00

09:30 - 17:00

Shellharbour City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

Sat

30/09

Sun

01/10

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09:30 - 17:00

09:30 - 17:00

09:30 - 17:00

09:30 - 17:00

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Information

About

Barrack Point, NSW 2528

Length:
1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw381

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Bus

Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep 3:02 am

Day 20°    Night 8°
5.7°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide

5 am
0.55m
12 pm
1.42m
6 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 27, Sep

Day 24°    Night 8°
Possible late shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots becoming northeasterly 20 to 30 knots in the early afternoon then tending northerly in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the evening.

Tide

12 am
1.13m
6 am
0.61m
12 pm
1.38m
7 pm
0.57m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:40 pm


Weather

Tue 26, Sep to Tue 03, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots at first, tending west to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning then turning east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Tue 26th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm
Wed 27th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:40 pm
Thu 28th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:50 pm
Fri 29th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:10 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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