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

19/02

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20/02

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21/02

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22/02

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23/02

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24/02

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25/02

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09:00 - 18:00

Wollongong City Council Lifeguard Service

Mon

19/02

Tue

20/02

Wed

21/02

Thu

22/02

Fri

23/02

Sat

24/02

Sun

25/02

09:00 - 18:00

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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 22, Feb 7:56 pm

Day 24°    Night 18°
22.7°C
Mostly clear

Water Temperature  24°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 20 knots inshore in the late evening.
Swell: South to southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

1 am
1.44m
7 am
0.52m
1 pm
1.34m
7 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 23, Feb

Day 26°    Night 19°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre around midday. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

2 am
1.46m
8 am
0.54m
2 pm
1.24m
8 pm
0.51m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:50 pm


Weather

Thu 22, Feb to Thu 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Thu 22nd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 4:50 pm
Fri 23rd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:50 pm
Sat 24th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:50 pm
Sun 25th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 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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