Sussex Inlet - Beach in Swanhaven Shoalhaven NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Sussex Inlet NSW

Sussex Inlet is a meandering 7 km long narrow tidal inlet, which connects the 3000 ha St Georges Basin with the sea. The town of the same name is located on the western side of the channel and has a population of 1500. The inlet enters the sea in lee... Read more

Sussex Inlet is a meandering 7 km long narrow tidal inlet, which connects the 3000 ha St Georges Basin with the sea. The town of the same name is located on the western side of the channel and has a population of 1500. The inlet enters the sea in lee of a low rocky point and reef, at the southern end of Bherwerre beach and maintains a permanent opening. On the western side of the inlet is a 400 m long narrow strip of high tide sand (NSW 450), fronted by dynamic tidal sand shoals and the inlet channel with rocks to the south. The beach is called both Sussex Inlet and Stingray and is backed by scarped 20 m high dunes, which originated from the neighbouring Cudmirrah Beach. While waves are usually low to calm at the beach, the deep tidal channel with strong currents makes this a hazardous location. As a result the beach is more popular with fishers. Be careful if boating across the bar as it has claimed many boats.

Swimming

A potentially hazardous rip-dominated beach particularly in the north. So definitely stay between the flags. Be very careful if swimming down the beach.

Surfing

A popular summer beach with plenty of beach breaks and offshore north winds. The southern reef, called Conneeleys Reef, can produce both lefts and rights.

Fishing

The inlet and wide, flat rock platform off north head are popular, with very persistent rip holes and gutters along the entire beach.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Swanhaven, NSW 2540

Length:
0.1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw450

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Weather

Friday 20, Apr 8:48 am

Day 25°    Night 14°
17.9°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots before dawn then decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Point Perpendicular. Caution: Surf conditions in the early morning may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

11 am
1.55m
5 am
0.46m
11 pm
1.89m
5 pm
0.72m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 21, Apr

Day 24°    Night 14°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots easing to about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

6 am
0.49m
12 pm
1.48m
6 pm
0.79m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:00 pm


Weather

Fri 20, Apr to Fri 27, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Fri 20th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:00 pm
Sat 21st 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:00 pm
Sun 22nd 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 1:50 pm
Mon 23rd 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 1:50 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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