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

Marine Warnings

Mon, 25 Sep 04:20
Fire Weather Warning

Mon, 25 Sep 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Monday 25, Sep 8:47 am

Day 23°    Night 13°
18°C
Becoming windy. Sunny

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots tending west to southwesterly in the evening.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres by evening. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower in the evening.

Tide

11 am
1.48m
4 am
0.49m
11 pm
1.22m
5 pm
0.49m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep

Day 19°    Night 9°
Possible shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning southeasterly in the late morning and early afternoon then decreasing to about 10 knots in the late evening.
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 below 1 metre later in the evening. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide

5 am
0.56m
12 pm
1.44m
6 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 2:50 pm


Weather

Mon 25, Sep to Mon 02, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 30 knots before turning north to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Mon 25th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 2:50 pm
Tue 26th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 2:50 pm
Wed 27th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 2:50 pm
Thu 28th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:50 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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