Lakes

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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

Central Coast Council Lifeguard Service

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
14°C
Water
19°C
UV Rating
2 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Gutters
Gutters
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Beach exposure
Beach exposure
Long beach
Long beach

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Drinking water
Toilets Block M/F
Change Rooms
Showers
Kiosk
Toilets Block Disabled
Picnic
Mobile Phone Coverage
Bus

Regulation Symbols

No Littering
No Vehicles
No Cats or Dogs
Camping Prohibited
No Dogs Allowed
No Parking
No Glass
Fires Prohibited
No Alcohol
No Horses
No Trailbikes
Sunday, 25 Jul 10:15

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.


Noraville, NSW 2263
Includes beaches: Birdie / Budgewoi / Lakes, Birdie Beach
Length: 5km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: nsw268B
COVID warnings legend
Beach at capacity
Restrictions apply
No access to beach
Beach nearing capacity
Access may be restricted
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