Susan Gilmour - Beach in Bar Beach Newcastle NSW - SLS Beachsafe

Susan Gilmour NSW

South of Newcastle beach is 2 km long section of cliffed coast, peaking at 75 m high Shepherd Hill. Just south of the hill is a gap in the rocks occupied by Susan Gilmour beach (NSW 244). The 100 m long sandy beach is named after the 'Susan Gilmour' an... Read more

South of Newcastle beach is 2 km long section of cliffed coast, peaking at 75 m high Shepherd Hill. Just south of the hill is a gap in the rocks occupied by Susan Gilmour beach (NSW 244). The 100 m long sandy beach is named after the 'Susan Gilmour' an American ship wrecked there in 1884. A surf club was formed in 1931, however problems in gaining recognition from the council, which in fact erected a sign warning people against swimming at the beach, lead to the closure of the club in 1938. The beach is reached by walking round the wide rock platform from Bar Beach, and has another platform on the north side. The size and width of the beach varies with wave conditions. At its best it consists of a beach fronted by an attached bar, with rips running out against both sets of rocks. When waves exceed 1 m it is more rip than beach.

Swimming

Only safe during low waves, even then watch the rips and rocks. Not safe when waves exceed 1 m.

Surfing

A short shorebreak between the rocks.

Fishing

The flat rock platforms to either side and around toward Newcastle Beach offer good access to deeper water. However be careful when a swell is running.

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Information

About

Bar Beach, NSW 2300

Length:
0.1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 nsw244

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 12:29 am

Day 22°    Night 17°
18°C
Showers

Water Temperature  19°C


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Norah Head early in the morning and again in the late evening.
Swell: Northeasterly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. Caution: Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Tide

2 am
1.17m
7 am
0.76m
2 pm
1.50m
9 pm
0.62m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 17, Oct

Day 24°    Night 18°
Shower or two

Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Northeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

3 am
1.16m
8 am
0.81m
3 pm
1.45m
10 pm
0.61m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:00 pm


Weather

Tue 16, Oct to Tue 23, Oct


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore north of Norah Head. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres south of Port Stephens. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Tue 16th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:10 pm
Wed 17th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:00 pm
Thu 18th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:00 pm
Fri 19th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:10 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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