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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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Shellharbour SLSC

Shellharbour City Council Lifeguard Service

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

Wednesday 24, May 7:55 pm

Day 21°    Night 11°
16.2°C
Mostly clear

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots, turning west to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the morning and reaching 30 knots offshore.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

Tide

6 am
1.57m
12 am
0.38m
7 pm
1.86m
12 pm
0.31m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:30 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Thursday 25, May

Day 20°    Night 9°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 20 to 30 knots tending southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore south of Port Kembla, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

7 am
1.56m
1 am
0.27m
7 pm
1.95m
1 pm
0.31m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

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


Weather

Wed 24, May to Wed 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Wed 24th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:30 pm
Thu 25th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm
Fri 26th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 27th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 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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