Thirroul - Beach in Thirroul Wollongong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Thirroul NSW

Thirroul Beach (NSW 363) became a popular beach at the turn of the 20th century. Alarmed at the increasing number of rescues being performed, the locals formed one of the first surf clubs outside of Sydney in 1908. The next year the first surf carnival on the south coast attracted... Read more

Thirroul Beach (NSW 363) became a popular beach at the turn of the 20th century. Alarmed at the increasing number of rescues being performed, the locals formed one of the first surf clubs outside of Sydney in 1908. The next year the first surf carnival on the south coast attracted 2000 people. Today Thirroul can cater to large crowds. The entire beach is backed by a wide, grassed reserve offering parking, parks, playgrounds and picnic areas. A large park also surrounds the now drained lagoon behind the northern end of the beach. The Thirroul SLSC occupies the centre, with dressing sheds and a full size Olympic pool and wading pool next door. The beach is 1 km long and faces the east-southeast. In the north low headlands fronted by wide rock platforms separate it from Austinmer, while in the south a pipeline and a few rocks at the base of low bluffs divide it from South Thirroul. Waves average 1-1.5 m usually maintaining a single bar cut by six rips, including permanent rips against the boundary rocks (Fig. 4.285 & 4.286). The bar detaches during and following high waves to form a continuous trough whose currents feed the rips.

Swimming

Thirroul is a popular but potentially hazardous beach owing to the prevalence of rips. Stay on the bars, between the flags and to the centre of the beach and if you are at all unsure then use the pools. The south beach is unpatrolled, less popular and also rip-dominated so use care.

Surfing

Both beaches have beach breaks with the quality depending on bar and wave conditions. The southern Sandon Point one of the best rights on the coast holding to 4 m.

Fishing

The wide rock platforms between Austinmer and Thirroul and in the south offer good gutters and deep water. Shifting gutters also occur along the beach and against the southern rocks.

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Thirroul SLSC

Mon

11/12

Tue

12/12

Wed

13/12

Thu

14/12

Fri

15/12

Sat

16/12

Sun

17/12

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09:00 - 18:00

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

11/12

Tue

12/12

Wed

13/12

Thu

14/12

Fri

15/12

Sat

16/12

Sun

17/12

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

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Information

About

Thirroul, NSW 2515

Length:
1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw363

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • Train

Weather

Thursday 14, Dec 7:05 pm

Day 26°    Night 20°
22.9°C
Possible shower or storm

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 25 knots ahead of a southerly change 15 to 25 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and early evening.

Tide

6 am
1.49m
12 am
0.43m
6 pm
1.26m
1 pm
0.52m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 15, Dec

Day 24°    Night 19°
Cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Northeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide

7 am
1.55m
12 am
0.44m
7 pm
1.24m
1 pm
0.46m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm


Weather

Thu 14, Dec to Thu 21, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots shifting south to southwesterly during the afternoon.
Swell: East to northeasterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Thu 14th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Fri 15th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Sat 16th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Sun 17th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 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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