Long Reef - Dee Why - Beach in Collaroy Warringah NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Long Reef - Dee Why NSW

Long Reef-Dee Why Beach (NSW 314) extends for 1.8 km from the base of Long Reef Point to Dee Why Point and is backed by 25 ha Dee Why Lagoon (Fig. 4.210). The beach faces the southeast and picks up any east to southeast swell making it one of Sydney's... Read more

Long Reef-Dee Why Beach (NSW 314) extends for 1.8 km from the base of Long Reef Point to Dee Why Point and is backed by 25 ha Dee Why Lagoon (Fig. 4.210). The beach faces the southeast and picks up any east to southeast swell making it one of Sydney's higher energy beaches. The waves average 1.6 m being highest in the south and centre, decreasing north of the Long Reef surf club owing to waves breaking on the outer reefs. Between Long Reef surf club and Dee Why Point are usually eight strong rips, including the particularly hazardous rip that flows out against Dee Why Point. The rips and their feeder currents usually form a continuous trough with currents heading into the rips. So be careful.

Swimming

A permanent headland rip and strong beach rips dominate the surf, so swim with care and between the flags.

Surfing

The beach and outer reefs pick up any east to southeast swell ensuring consistent and often good beach breaks, particularly down in the central No Man's Land. When the swell is south and exceeds 1 m and the wind offshore the famous Long Reef bomboras start to break. The inner First Bommie holding to 1.5 m, the Second Bommie to 3 m, and the Outer Bommie or German Bank, a huge righthand break, now popular with tow-in surfers. Long Reef is also popular with windsurfers and international contests are held on the bomboras.

Fishing

The large and persistent gutters along the centre of the beach are popular year round for tailor, drummer, trevally and snapper, while the rocks off the southern point are popular when the seas are low.

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Dee Why SLSC

Northern Beaches Council

Long Reef SLSC Inc

Long Reef (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Collaroy, NSW 2097

Includes beaches:
Long Reef, Dee Why

Length:
1.8km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw314

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Tuesday 17, Jul 7:46 pm

Day 20°    Night 8°
16.1°C
Clear

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending north to northwesterly during the day, reaching 25 knots offshore.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres by evening.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

11 am
1.40m
5 am
0.12m
5 pm
0.38m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 18, Jul

Day 18°    Night 9°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning westerly before dawn.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

12 am
1.69m
6 am
0.20m
12 pm
1.38m
6 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Tue 17, Jul to Tue 24, Jul


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Tue 17th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 18th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 19th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:20 pm
Fri 20th 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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