North Curl Curl - Beach in Curl Curl Warringah NSW - SLS Beachsafe

North Curl Curl NSW

Curl Curl (NSW 315) is an exposed energetic 1.2 km long beach, backed originally by large dunes, which were destabilised early last century. The northern dunes were partly removed during the World War 2, then used as a tip and finally returned to a somewhat natural state in the 1980s,... Read more

Curl Curl (NSW 315) is an exposed energetic 1.2 km long beach, backed originally by large dunes, which were destabilised early last century. The northern dunes were partly removed during the World War 2, then used as a tip and finally returned to a somewhat natural state in the 1980s, so that Curl Curl, only 12 km from central Sydney, still has a relatively natural appearance. The southern Curl Curl SLSC was formed in 1918 followed by North Curl Curl in 1922. Today the central and northern end are given over to a foreshore reserve, with a large car park next to the North Curl Curl SLSC and along the central section, while to the south the road runs close behind the beach with parking either side of the surf club and on the southern headland. At South Curl Curl the club's first surf carnival in 1921 was marred by huge seas, the second later in the year by a shark. To provide safer swimming the club was active in the construction of the rock pool in 1925, with the North Curl Curl rock pool constructed in 1936-37 and accessed via a walkway to the point.The beach is bordered by 50 m high Dee Why Head and the lower sandstone rocks at south Curl Curl. It faces the east-southeast and receives all southerly swell with waves averaging 1.6 m. These maintain a single bar usually cut by five beach rips and permanent rips against each headland (Fig. 4.213 & 4.214). Because of the higher waves the bar is often separated from the beach by a continuous trough occupied by the rips and their feeder currents. The southern end of the beach receives equally high waves and has rocks and reef in the surf off the point. Some regard this as Sydney's most dangerous beach. Its most notable hazard is the infamous Garbage Bowl, the permanent southern rip which runs out into the swell and over rock creating a rough ride seaward.

Swimming

Definitely stay between the flags at both ends of the beach and away from the rips, or in the rock pool.

Surfing

North Curlie as the locals call it can usually produce a wave when there is little else around. With low to moderate swell it can generate some good beach breaks along the entire beach, but is blown out in southerlies. South Curlie also offers beach breaks and a regular swell. Best is in the south just north of the main rip, with other breaks up the beach. The entire beach is exposed to southerly winds.

Fishing

Deep rip gutters are found right along the beach, with the largest running out past the southern rock pool. Good easily accessible shore platforms are located at either end and are popular, though potentially hazardous spots.

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North Curl Curl SLSC

North Curl Curl (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Curl Curl, NSW 2096

Includes beaches:
Curl Curl Beach, Curl Curl

Length:
0.6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw315A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Public phone
  • Bus

Weather

Thursday 24, May 4:29 am

Day 20°    Night 11°
13.7°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly below 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly early in the morning then tending southerly 10 to 15 knots in the morning.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions in the morning are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

4 am
1.53m
10 am
0.36m
4 pm
1.44m
10 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 25, May

Day 19°    Night 13°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable below 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

5 am
1.50m
11 am
0.38m
5 pm
1.52m
11 pm
0.50m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:10 pm


Weather

Thu 24, May to Thu 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable below 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the evening.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide


UV

Thu 24th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 25th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 12:10 pm
Sat 26th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:40 am to 12:00 pm
Sun 27th 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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