Shellharbour South - Beach in Shell Cove Shellharbour NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Shellharbour South NSW

On the south side of Shellharbour a rock platform extends 300 m seaward, and forms the northern boundary of the southern Shellharbour Beach (NSW 383), a curving 1 km south-southeast-facing beach that extends to the base of Bass Point, where the sand merges with the basalt cobbles eroded from the... Read more

On the south side of Shellharbour a rock platform extends 300 m seaward, and forms the northern boundary of the southern Shellharbour Beach (NSW 383), a curving 1 km south-southeast-facing beach that extends to the base of Bass Point, where the sand merges with the basalt cobbles eroded from the point. A caravan park lies behind the northern rocks, with a beach car park on the southern side. The road to Bass Point runs between the low dune and Shellharbour Swamp, with the usually dammed mouth breaking out across the southern end of the beach during rain. Proposals have been put forward to build a marina in the swamp with access to the sea, but in 2006 the beach remains in a relatively natural state. Waves from the east and southeast are reduced by Bass Point resulting in waves averaging 1 m in the north dropping to 0.5 m in the south. These usually maintain a continuous attached bar, cut by up to six rips during higher southeast swell when a strong rip can develop against the northern rocks, and during summer northeast wave conditions (Fig. 4.312).

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 City Council Lifeguard Service

Information

About

Shell Cove, NSW 2529

Length:
0.9km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw383

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Park

Weather

Monday 29, May 11:13 pm

Day 16°    Night 11°
9.9°C
Clear

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower offshore south of Point Perpendicular in the early morning.

Tide

11 am
1.39m
5 am
0.19m
11 pm
1.89m
4 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 30, May

Day 18°    Night 9°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the late morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Port Kembla later in the evening.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Point Perpendicular during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny day. 30% chance of a shower in the evening.

Tide

6 am
0.25m
12 pm
1.35m
5 pm
0.61m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Mon 29, May to Mon 05, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 20 to 30 knots.
Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Mon 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Tue 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 31st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 1st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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