Birdie Beach - Beach in Freemans Wyong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Birdie Beach 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.


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.


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.


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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Freemans, NSW 2259

Includes beaches:
Birdie / Budgewoi / Lakes, Lakes


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

Beach Key:

Nearby beaches


  • Sharks
  • Bluebottles
  • Slippery rocks
    Slippery rocks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Heavy shorebreak
    Heavy shorebreak
  • Drop off
    Drop off
  • Large unexpected waves
    Large unexpected waves
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Toilets

Regulation Symbols

  • No Trailbikes
  • Fires Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed

Marine Warnings

Wed, 28 Jun 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales


Wednesday 28, Jun 5:13 am

Day 17°    Night 8°
Rain at times

Water Temperature  20°C



Wind: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northwesterly in the late morning.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of rain.


6 am
12 pm
5 pm


Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


128 km

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Thursday 29, Jun

Day 17°    Night 8°
Partly cloudy



Wind: West to northwesterly about 10 knots tending west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of rain offshore north of Port Stephens, 40% chance elsewhere.


12 am
7 am
12 pm
6 pm


Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Wed 28, Jun to Wed 05, Jul



Wind: Southwesterly 25 to 35 knots.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.



Wed 28th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 1st 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.