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.

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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Information

About

Freemans, NSW 2259

Includes beaches:
Birdie / Budgewoi / Lakes, Lakes

Length:
1km

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

Beach Key:
 nsw268A

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    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

Weather

Tuesday 21, Nov 6:00 am

Day 24°    Night 14°
18.1°C
Possible shower

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore north of Port Stephens early in the morning. Winds turning easterly in the evening.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Port Stephens.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide

10 am
1.08m
4 am
0.22m
11 pm
0.74m
5 pm
0.16m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 22, Nov

Day 24°    Night 14°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming east to northeasterly about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore north of Norah Head.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon.

Tide

11 am
1.04m
4 am
0.24m
11 pm
0.71m
6 pm
0.17m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:30 pm


Weather

Tue 21, Nov to Tue 28, Nov


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the day.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide


UV

Tue 21st 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:20 pm
Wed 22nd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:30 pm
Thu 23rd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 24th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:30 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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