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

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

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
  • Dressing shed
  • Toilets
  • Park
  • Drinking water
  • Showers
  • Train

Marine Warnings

Tue, 27 Aug 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales


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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