Austinmer Beach (NSW 362) is one of the more popular beaches north of Wollongong. Its popularity dates back to the 1900s when people came by train to stay at several guesthouses. Today Austinmer is well set up to cater to large summer crowds. It lies right next to Lawrence Hargraves... Read more
Austinmer Beach (NSW 362) is one of the more popular beaches north of Wollongong. Its popularity dates back to the 1900s when people came by train to stay at several guesthouses. Today Austinmer is well set up to cater to large summer crowds. It lies right next to Lawrence Hargraves Drive, with shops lining the western side and a large car park and park between the beach and the drive. Norfolk Island pines back the length of the beach with the Austinmer SLSC (founded 1909) and other amenities occupying the southern half of this small beach.The 250 m long beach is wedged between two low headlands and their extensive rock platforms (Fig. 4.284). It receives waves averaging 1.4 m, which maintain two strong permanent rips against the rocks at each end. Usually an attached bar occupies the centre of the surf, however high waves can also cut a rip through this bar and generate a trough along the base of sloping beach face. Two large rock pools are located on the southern rock platform.
Definitely stay between the flags on this beach as on average 90 people are pulled out of the rips each year. Stay on the bar and away from the side current and rips, or in the pools.
A right break runs off the southern rocks into the rip with the central break depending on bar conditions.
A popular spot with most fishing for the gutters that run out past the wide rock platforms at each end.Read less
Fri, 28 Jul 22:00
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales
Fri, 28 Jul 20:40
Severe Weather Warning
Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots, shifting west to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the late morning, becoming southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers, mainly offshore. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northwesterly during the morning.
Swell: Southerly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm
Wind: North to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots tending west to northwesterly during the evening.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
|Fri 28th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Sat 29th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm|
|Sun 30th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:20 am to 1:00 pm|
|Mon 31st||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.