Coledale - Beach in Coledale Wollongong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Coledale NSW

The small community of Coledale occupies the next steep valley 1 km south of Wombarra. The main road descends from the high cliffs to run along the rear of Coledale Beach (NSW 357). The 400 m long beach faces east-southeast and is bordered by cliffs to the north and extensive... Read more

The small community of Coledale occupies the next steep valley 1 km south of Wombarra. The main road descends from the high cliffs to run along the rear of Coledale Beach (NSW 357). The 400 m long beach faces east-southeast and is bordered by cliffs to the north and extensive rock platforms at either end, with the sandy surf zone 270 m in length. It is exposed to waves averaging 1.5 m, which maintain permanent rips against the rocks at either end and usually a shifting central beach rip (Fig. 4.281). Stockyard Creek flows across the northern beach and following heavy rain and big seas the sand is stripped off revealing a cobble and boulder beach below. The beach is backed by a small beachfront caravan park and the Coledale SLSC (founded 1916) at the southern end, with slopes then rising to the main road and township. In addition, 20 tall Norfolk Island pine trees line the southern half of the beach (Fig. 4.282) and the local primary school overlooks the beach from the southern headland. The Northcote rock pool is located on the southern rock platforms 300 m south of the beach.

Swimming

A small rip-dominated beach, so stay between the flags and on the attached bars, avoid the rips particularly near the southern rocks. The exposed rock pool is a popular spot in summer.

Surfing

Usually known for its beach breaks. However there is a left over a reef off the northern rocks called Thommos, which works in moderate to large northeast swell.

Fishing

The wide rock platforms at either end have deep gutters and provide access to deeper water.

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Coledale SLSC

Mon

13/02

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14/02

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15/02

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19/02

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10:00 - 17:00

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

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13/02

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14/02

Wed

15/02

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16/02

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17/02

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18/02

Sun

19/02

10:00 - 17:00

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Information

About

Coledale, NSW 2515

Length:
0.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw358

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
  • Park
  • Train

Weather

Sunday 19, Feb 10:50 pm

Day 23°    Night 17°
20.4°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  25°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon then becoming northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

3 am
1.34m
9 am
0.67m
3 pm
1.11m
9 pm
0.62m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 20, Feb

Day 24°    Night 15°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 15 to 25 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore around midday. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower offshore south of Port Kembla in the early morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

Tide

4 am
1.35m
10 am
0.65m
4 pm
1.08m
10 pm
0.64m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm


Weather

Sun 19, Feb to Sun 26, Feb


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending northwest to northeasterly during the morning then tending east to northeasterly during the day.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Point Perpendicular.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sun 19th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm
Mon 20th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm
Tue 21st 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:10 pm
Wed 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 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.

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