Coalcliff - Beach in Coalcliff Wollongong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Coalcliff

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Coalcliff, as the name implies, is the first of the mining towns that took to the slopes and the coal seams for their livelihood and to the sea for their recreation. The beach fronts a steep, narrow valley, with sides rising 300 m to the backing plateau. The coal mine... Read more

Coalcliff, as the name implies, is the first of the mining towns that took to the slopes and the coal seams for their livelihood and to the sea for their recreation. The beach fronts a steep, narrow valley, with sides rising 300 m to the backing plateau. The coal mine is located towards the rear of the valley. A railway used to run from the mine to a small exposed harbour on the rock platforms about 2 km south of the beach. The Lawrence Hargraves Drive winds between the mine and the town area, with access to the beach limited to a car park behind the Coalcliff SLSC and street parking. The small surf club was formed in 1924. The small settlement has increased in popularity since construction of the elevated Sea Cliff Bridge road in 2005. The elevated road and footpath winds for 1 km, suspended 20 m above the sea and rock platforms.The main Coalcliff Beach (NSW 354) fronts the valley, and is a 500 m long east-southeast facing coarse sand beach, with a mix of sand and rock seafloor off the beach, and the small Stony Creek draining across the southern end. Waves average 1-1.5 m maintaining three dominant rips, a strong rip against the southern rocks, a shifting central rip and one flowing north past the northern rocks (Fig. 4.277). When the bars are separated from the beach the waves reform and surge heavily up the steep beach face (Fig. 4.278). A 400 m long rock platform extends south of the beach widening to 200 m, with a small rock pool located on the platform just south of the beach.

Swimming

Because of the strong rips stay between the flags or in the pool and do not swim on the northern beach.

Surfing

Usually beach breaks, with moderate swell producing a left off the northern reef and right off the southern bommie.

Fishing

Usually gutters along the beach, together with rocky gutters off the southern rocks.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Coalcliff SLSC

Mon
04/11
Tue
05/11
Wed
06/11
Thu
07/11
Fri
08/11
Sat
09/11
Sun
10/11

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10:00 - 17:00

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon
04/11
Tue
05/11
Wed
06/11
Thu
07/11
Fri
08/11
Sat
09/11
Sun
10/11

10:00 - 17:00

10:00 - 17:00

10:00 - 17:00

10:00 - 17:00

10:00 - 17:00

10:00 - 17:00

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Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Public phone
Kiosk
Pool
Toilets
Drinking water
Train
Friday, 8 Nov 6:01

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.


Coalcliff, NSW 2508
Length: 0.5km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw354