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

Wednesday 20, Jun 3:22 pm

Day 17°    Night 9°
14.9°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning southerly below 10 knots during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore north of Port Kembla in the early morning. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions in the early morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

1 am
1.80m
7 am
0.50m
2 pm
1.61m
8 pm
0.83m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 21, Jun

Day 17°    Night 7°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable in the morning.
Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide

2 am
1.68m
8 am
0.56m
3 pm
1.64m
9 pm
0.82m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Wed 20, Jun to Wed 27, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore north of Port Kembla.
Seas: Below 0.5 metres, increasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Wed 20th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 21st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 22nd 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 23rd 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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