Port Kembla Beach (NSW 370a, also called Perkins) occupies the northern half of the beach (Fig. 4.304). Bathing at Port Kembla dates back to the 1900s with the Port Kembla SLSC formed in 1910 and the first dressing sheds erected in 1912. Today there is a large Olympic pool on... Read more
Port Kembla Beach (NSW 370a, also called Perkins) occupies the northern half of the beach (Fig. 4.304). Bathing at Port Kembla dates back to the 1900s with the Port Kembla SLSC formed in 1910 and the first dressing sheds erected in 1912. Today there is a large Olympic pool on the northern rocks, with the surf club perched on the high foredune and a large car park next door, while to the south the dunes extending all the way to Windang. Persistent and often strong rips spaced every 200–300 m dominate this beach, with a permanent rip against the northern headland and up to 3–4 rips in the northern patrol area. The intervening bars alternate between being attached following periods of lower waves, and detaching with higher waves.
This is a long rip-dominated beach, so definitely stay between the flags at both ends. In the south also stay clear of the lake entrance, which has strong tidal flows.
A good surfing beach offering plenty of swell and often excellent beach breaks on the inner and outer bar, the latter holding to 2 m. The north end is also popular in the summer when the north winds blow offshore. Just off the north side of Windang Island is a patchy reef called Sharkies offering lefts and rights.
The northern rocks at Red Point have a deep gutter running out from the beach and rock gutters further out. Good gutters run all the way down the beach, with the Windang Beach and the lake entrance always popular spots. Windang Island has wide flat rock platforms all round, and offers good spots on all sides.Read less
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.