MacKenzies Beach (NSW 321) is one of the smallest beaches in the state, and it’s not always there. None the less its close proximity to dense residential areas makes it a relatively popular beach, when present. MacKenzies is located in a small tuck in the rocks on the south side... Read more
MacKenzies Beach (NSW 321) is one of the smallest beaches in the state, and it’s not always there. None the less its close proximity to dense residential areas makes it a relatively popular beach, when present. MacKenzies is located in a small tuck in the rocks on the south side of Mackenzies Point, 250 m west of the point and 100 m north of Tamarama surf club. At its best it is 50 m long, always backed by rocks and fronted by a rock strewn surf zone, usually containing at least one rip. So swimmers beware. MacKenzies is used by fishers, sunbathers and waders, rather than swimmers.
If you are swimming at Tamarama or Bronte definitely stay between the flags. Check your location as rip feeder currents will be moving water and you toward the northern or southern headland rips depending on the wave direction. If you are caught in a rip, stay calm, raise your hand and await rescue.
Both lefts and rights are found out amongst the rocks at McKenzies, while Tamarama is closed to board riders during patrol hours. Bronte Beach is open to boardriders and contains Bronte Reef at the south end, which can produce good rights during east to southeast swell, while a beach break left occupies the northern half.
All three beaches offer rock fishing and good inshore gutters, when not too busy with bathers.
A coastal walk commences at Bondi Beach and continues around MacKenzies Point and south past Tamarama and Bronte, all the way to Maroubra, a total walk length of 10 km. On the southern side of McKenzies Point is an 800 m wide east-facing rocky bay containing the three smaller MacKenzies, Tamarama and Nelson bays, each containing a small beach (NSW 321-323) (Fig. 4.240).Read less
Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning east to southeasterly below 10 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres by early evening. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.
Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm
Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots increasing to 25 to 30 knots in the early afternoon then decreasing to 20 to 25 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower at night.
Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:40 pm
Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning west to northwesterly during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
|Tue 26th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 pm|
|Wed 27th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 2:40 pm|
|Thu 28th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 2:50 pm|
|Fri 29th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 3:00 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.