Austinmer - Beach in Austinmer Wollongong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Austinmer

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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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

A right break runs off the southern rocks into the rip with the central break depending on bar conditions.

Fishing

A popular spot with most fishing for the gutters that run out past the wide rock platforms at each end.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Austinmer SLSC Inc.

Mon
02/12
Tue
03/12
Wed
04/12
Thu
05/12
Fri
06/12
Sat
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Sun
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09:00 - 18:00

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon
02/12
Tue
03/12
Wed
04/12
Thu
05/12
Fri
06/12
Sat
07/12
Sun
08/12

09:00 - 18:00

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09:00 - 18:00

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
19°C
Water
20°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
High surf
High surf
Gutters
Gutters
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Winds
Winds
Reefs
Reefs
Rocks
Rocks
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Disabled Toilets
Dressing shed
Showers
Rock pool
Shops
Park
Shade
Shelters
Playground
Cafe
Natural shade
Artificial shade
Mobile Phone Coverage
Train
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Cats or Dogs
No Model Planes
No Diving
Pushing Prohibited
Camping Prohibited
No Dogs Allowed
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Firearms
Shared Footway
No Glass
Fires Prohibited
No Golf
No Alcohol
No Horses
Water Skiing Prohibited
No Jumping
No Trailbikes
Friday, 6 Dec 8:37

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.


Austinmer, NSW 2515
Length: 0.25km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw362