Gravelly - Beach in Norah Head Wyong NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Gravelly NSW

At Norah Head the shoreline turns and swings to the southwest down towards The Entrance. Rocky shores dominate the first 2 km south of the head, with two exposed beaches (NSW 273 & 274) located amongst the rocks and reefs and separated by the low Soldiers Point. The road from... Read more

At Norah Head the shoreline turns and swings to the southwest down towards The Entrance. Rocky shores dominate the first 2 km south of the head, with two exposed beaches (NSW 273 & 274) located amongst the rocks and reefs and separated by the low Soldiers Point. The road from Norah Head runs out to a large car park located to the lee of the point, providing good views and access to both beaches. The first is Pebbly Beach (NSW 273, also called Gravelly Beach), which lies 500 m south of the head. It can be reached on foot from the Norah Head road in the north, or the Soldiers Point car park at the southern end. It is 600 m long, faces southeast and lies between low bluffs and wide rock platforms. The beach receives waves slightly reduced by the seaward protrusion of Soldiers Point, which usually maintain a continuous bar during low waves, or cut by rips against the rocks and one toward the centre during higher waves. In addition rocks often are exposed along the southern half of the beach.On the southern side of Soldiers Point is Soldiers Beach, (NSW 274) a popular swimming and surfing beach, but also a potentially hazardous location (Fig. 4.158). On average the lifesavers rescue 80 people each year, the second highest in the State for a non-metropolitan beach. The beach lies at the end of Soldiers Point Road, which terminates with two large car parks either side of the Soldiers Beach SLSC (formed in 1953). The beach faces the southeast and sweeps for 900 m between the northern Soldiers and southern Pelican points where the beach swings round to face the northeast. Along most of the beach waves average 1.6 m and maintain a single bar that is usually cut by a strong permanent rip against Soldiers Point, a weaker rip against Pelican Point, and 1-3 beach rips depending on wave conditions. Often a strong northerly current runs along the northern half during southeast swell conditions.

Swimming

These are two rip-dominated beaches, with strong permanent rips against the rocks. Only swim when patrolled and between the flags.

Surfing

The northern Soldiers Point provides a reasonable left over the reef, while down the beach waves break on the bars into the deep rip channels, with a bigger right off the southern rocks called Sunset.

Fishing

The flat rocks either end of the beaches allowing access to deeper water, however beware as waves sweep over the rocks at high tide.

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Information

About

Norah Head, NSW 2263

Length:
0.6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw273

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Marine Warnings

Mon, 19 Nov 04:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for New South Wales

Weather

Monday 19, Nov 9:56 am

Day 19°    Night 19°
17.6°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon then tending northeasterly in the evening.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning. 2nd
Seas: Below 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

6 am
0.84m
12 am
0.17m
6 pm
0.84m
12 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 20, Nov

Day 19°    Night 19°
Becoming windy. Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: South to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

7 am
0.93m
12 am
0.14m
7 pm
0.87m
1 pm
0.23m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

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


Weather

Mon 19, Nov to Mon 26, Nov


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Southerly below 1 metre, tending southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Mon 19th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:30 pm
Tue 20th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm
Wed 21st 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:50 pm
Thu 22nd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 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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