Birdie / Budgewoi / Lakes - Beach in Budgewoi Peninsula Wyong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Birdie / Budgewoi / Lakes NSW

Birdie Beach (NSW 268) trends 8 km southeast from the end of the rocks 1 km south of Wybung Head, south to the beginning of the rocks of Norah Head (Fig. 4.155). It is known as Red Ochre Beach along the northern section in Munmorah State Conservation Area, Birdie Beach... Read more

Birdie Beach (NSW 268) trends 8 km southeast from the end of the rocks 1 km south of Wybung Head, south to the beginning of the rocks of Norah Head (Fig. 4.155). It is known as Red Ochre Beach along the northern section in Munmorah State Conservation Area, Birdie Beach then Budgewoi Beach for most of its length, and Lakes Beach in the south around The Lakes SLSC, where it faces due east. The beach has two sand forelands, one 3 km down the beach where wave refraction round Bird Island causes the beach to build seaward, and then in the south at Jewfish Point which has formed in lee of rocks and reefs and where the beach terminates (Fig. 4.156). The beach is backed by a relatively undeveloped barrier that widens from 200 m in the south to 1.5 km in the north, with Lake Munmorah and Lake Budgewoi behind. The beach is accessible in the northern Red Ochre section at Freemans camping area and Tea Tree picnic area. Two rough tracks lead to Birdie Beach, with access improving between Budgewoi and Lakes Beach where there are three car parks and walkways over the dunes.Waves average 1.6 m along the Red Ochre, Birdie and Budgeowi beaches (NSW 268a,b,c), dropping to 1 m along Lakes Beach and 0.5 m at Jewfish Point. The surf zone reflects this transition. In the north and centre large rips dominate the inner and outer bar, with the inner bar separating during and following high seas to produce a continuous longshore trough containing rips and rip feeder currents. Inner bar rips average 300-400 m in spacing, while on the outer bar they usually exceed 500 m. A strong permanent rip also runs out along the north headland.Along Lakes Beach (NSW 268d) a single, usually attached bar continues south to Jewfish Point, with rips spaced every 300-400 m. The rips decrease to the south with often a continuous attached bar at Jewfish Point. However when waves exceed 1.5 m a strong south current and rip can sweep toward Jewfish Point. The Lakes SLSC (founded in 1953) and lifeguards patrol the southern section with roving patrols up as far as Red Ochre.

Swimming

This is a long, often isolated and rip-dominated beach, so use care when swimming. Best along the patrolled Lakes section, where wave area also lowest. Be very careful if swimming at Red Ochre, as large rips dominate with a permanent rip against the northern rocks.

Surfing

Red Ochre is a popular spot with surfers and works best in moderate east to southeast swell, and offshore or light winds, with numerous beach breaks down the beach.

Fishing

The northern rocks lead to the popular Wybung Head, while numerous shifting gutters persist all the way down the beach. The beach gutters are fished for bream, flathead, whiting and tailor.

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The Lakes SLSC

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Wyong Shire Council Lifeguard Service

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13/02

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15/02

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19/02

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Information

About

Budgewoi Peninsula, NSW 2262

Includes beaches:
Birdie Beach, Lakes

Length:
5.5km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw268

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Bus

Weather

Sunday 19, Feb 10:48 pm

Day 25°    Night 18°
19.9°C
Possible shower

Water Temperature  25°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwest to northeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots before dawn then becoming variable about 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: Northeasterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre by early evening. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. Rain heavy at times north of Norah Head in the afternoon and early evening. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

3 am
0.80m
9 am
0.33m
3 pm
0.62m
9 pm
0.29m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 20, Feb

Day 29°    Night 13°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots shifting east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore south of Port Stephens around midday. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres for a period during the morning and early afternoon. 1st
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

4 am
0.81m
11 am
0.32m
4 pm
0.60m
10 pm
0.30m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm


Weather

Sun 19, Feb to Sun 26, Feb


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly during the morning then tending east to northeasterly during the day.
Swell: Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Sun 19th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Mon 20th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Tue 21st 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 pm
Wed 22nd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:10 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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