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

Stanwell Park NSW

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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

Mon

27/02

Tue

28/02

Wed

01/03

Thu

02/03

Fri

03/03

Sat

04/03

Sun

05/03

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09:00 - 18:00

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

27/02

Tue

28/02

Wed

01/03

Thu

02/03

Fri

03/03

Sat

04/03

Sun

05/03

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Information

About

Stanwell Park, NSW 2508

Length:
0.85km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw352

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Weather

Monday 27, Feb 3:42 pm

Day 23°    Night 19°
23.7°C
Showers, early morning/night

Water Temperature  25°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southeasterly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

9 am
1.72m
3 am
0.28m
10 pm
1.46m
4 pm
0.16m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:00 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Tuesday 28, Feb

Day 24°    Night 20°
Showers

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to southeasterly during the day.
Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 metres, tending easterly 1.5 metres around midday.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

10 am
1.71m
4 am
0.25m
10 pm
1.51m
4 pm
0.15m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:00 pm


Weather

Mon 27, Feb to Mon 06, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning easterly below 10 knots during the day.
Swell: Easterly 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Mon 27th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:00 pm
Tue 28th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:00 pm
Wed 1st 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:00 pm
Thu 2nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 5:00 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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