Stanwell Park - Beach in Stanwell Park Wollongong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Stanwell Park

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Stanwell Park (NSW 352) is one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. The Lawrence Hargraves Lookout on the high northern slope provides a commanding view of the beach and the coast beyond. The lookout commemorates the pioneering aviation work of Hargraves and in particular his flight of a box... Read more

Stanwell Park (NSW 352) is one of the most photographed beaches in Australia. The Lawrence Hargraves Lookout on the high northern slope provides a commanding view of the beach and the coast beyond. The lookout commemorates the pioneering aviation work of Hargraves and in particular his flight of a box kite from the lookout in 1894. Today hang gliders use the same breezes to sweep all over the slopes and cliffs. The Stanwell Park SLSC was formed in 1908, one of the oldest in the country. It held its first surf carnival the same year. Stanwell Park occupies an amphitheatre shaped valley, with steep forested slopes rising 300 m to the sandstone plateau. The railway and the main road winds round the back of the valley with the now popular suburb nestled over the slopes of two smaller valleys, drained by Hargraves and Stanwell creeks. The spur of these valleys backs the centre of the beach with creeks and lagoons at the mouth of each valley. One hundred metre high sandstone cliffs frame the beach with the Illawarra coal measure first appearing at the coast just north of the northern headland. Car parks are located near the mouths of both valleys, with the surf club occupying the northern side of southern valley.The 850 m long beach faces the southeast and is exposed to waves averaging 1.6 m, which usually generates four strong rips: two against each headland, and 2-3 shifting beach rips (Fig. 4.275 & 4.276). The bar separating the rips is often separated from the beach by a wide, deep trough, with waves reforming to surge up the steep beach face.

Swimming

Stanwell Park is potentially hazardous for swimming owing to the strong and dominant rips and trough, so stay between the flags, on the bars if attached and away from the rips.

Surfing

The conditions that result in hazardous bathing also produce some good breaks on the bars with lefts and rights running into the rips. Best in low to moderate east and southeast swell and offshore winds.

Fishing

Usually good holes and gutters along the beach, with the northern rocks accessible in lower seas.

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Helensburgh-Stanwell Park SLSC

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Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
21°C
Water
20°C
UV Rating
11 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
High surf
High surf
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Flash rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Winds
Winds
Inlet
Inlet
Long beach
Long beach

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Showers
Kiosk
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Shade
Shelters
Playground
Cafe
Lookout
Artificial shade
Mobile Phone Coverage
Train
Bus

Regulation Symbols

No Vehicles
No Parking
No Horses
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
Wednesday, 20 Nov 12:25

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.


Stanwell Park, NSW 2508
Length: 0.85km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw352