Yirrakala - Beach in Yirrkala East Arnhem NT - SLS Beachsafe

Yirrakala NT

The Yirrkala community is located at the southern end of Yirrkala beach (NT 1025) in lee of a laterite headland that extends 2.5 km to the east (Fig. 5.117). The beach begins on the southern side of the 100 m wide headland that separates it from beach NT 1024 and... Read more

The Yirrkala community is located at the southern end of Yirrkala beach (NT 1025) in lee of a laterite headland that extends 2.5 km to the east (Fig. 5.117). The beach begins on the southern side of the 100 m wide headland that separates it from beach NT 1024 and trends south before curving round at the southern end to face north. The northernmost 1 km of beach has offshore rock reefs at either end, and some rocks outcropping along the beach. The next 1 km of beach is exposed to moderate waves averaging just over 1 m, which maintain a 50-100 m wide surf zone, with up to 12 rips occurring south of the reefs. Waves decrease in the southern corner and calm conditions often prevail. A small often blocked creek, that drains a 200 ha largely infilled lagoon, flows across the southern end of the beach and against the small rocky point that forms the southern boundary. The beach is backed by foredune ridges in the south, grading to largely vegetated transgressive dunes in the north and extending up to 500 m inland. The 1000 strong Yirrkala community is largely located immediately south of the southern end of the beach, and a track from the community runs behind the beach. The beach is occasionally patrolled by the Gove SLSC.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Yirrkala, NT 0880

Length:
2.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nt1025

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Other facilities

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 5:48 am

Day 33°    Night 25°
26.4°C
Possible shower or storm

Water Temperature  29°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: West to northwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

4 am
1.89m
10 am
0.88m
2 pm
1.97m
9 pm
0.91m

UV

Index: 17 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 32°    Night 25°
Possible shower or storm

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: Below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

5 am
1.86m
8 am
0.98m
3 pm
2.13m
9 pm
0.76m

UV

Index: 17 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:40 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots.
Swell: Below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Below 0.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:40 pm
Thu 23rd 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:40 pm
Fri 24th 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:50 pm
Sat 25th 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:50 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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