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

Stanwell Park NSW

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

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

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

Friday 23, Jun 11:55 pm

Day 19°    Night 11°
14.4°C
Mostly clear

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending westerly in the afternoon, reaching 20 knots offshore in the evening.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

7 am
1.43m
1 am
0.21m
7 pm
1.94m
1 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 24, Jun

Day 17°    Night 11°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 15 to 25 knots, possibly reaching 30 knots in the morning, tending southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower from the late morning.

Tide

8 am
1.42m
2 am
0.13m
8 pm
1.99m
1 pm
0.29m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Fri 23, Jun to Fri 30, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning then tending west to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide


UV

Fri 23rd 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 24th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sun 25th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Mon 26th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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