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

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

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

Saturday 19, Aug 9:41 am

Day 15°    Night 10°
11.9°C
Windy. Partly cloudy

Wind: Southwesterly 25 to 35 knots turning south to southwesterly 30 to 40 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 2 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers offshore, 40% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

6 am
1.29m
12 am
0.28m
6 pm
1.81m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 2:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Sunday 20, Aug

Day 16°    Night 8°
Wind easing. Partly cloudy

Wind: South to southwesterly 25 to 35 knots tending south to southeasterly below 10 knots during the day.
Swell: Southerly 3 to 5 metres, decreasing to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing below 2.5 metres around midday, then decreasing below 1 metre later in the evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers offshore, 20% chance elsewhere. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

6 am
1.35m
1 am
0.19m
7 pm
1.87m
12 pm
0.35m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:50 pm


Weather

Sat 19, Aug to Sat 26, Aug


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending westerly during the evening.
Swell: Southeasterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sat 19th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:10 am to 1:10 pm
Sun 20th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:50 pm
Mon 21st 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:40 pm
Tue 22nd 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 2:00 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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