Strong Surf Conditions Forecast For NSW Coast

Beaches from the Victorian border through to Port Macquarie are bracing for the arrival of more powerful surf conditions forecast to hit the coast from tomorrow.

A developing low pressure system off the coastline has prompted the Bureau of Meteorology and lifesavers to issue a warning for deceptively powerful conditions with boaties, surfers, swimmers, and rock fishers encouraged to be aware of rapidly changing conditions.

The South Easterly swell is expected to peak at around 2-3 metres on Thursday with similar swell conditions forecast for Friday, it is anticipated that the swell will most likely decrease into the weekend.

Beaches most likely to be affected by the conditions are primarily south facing and open beaches with strong coastal winds also influencing conditions.

A long swell period of 10-11 seconds is also expected with rock fishers in particular urged to be aware of deceptive conditions.

“Although this swell isn’t the largest we’ve seen this winter we still encourage everyone to be mindful of the conditions and to not take any unnecessary risks,” NSW Life Saving Manager Andy Kent said.”

“The best advice we can give people is to be aware of their environment. Take the time to study a recent weather forecast before heading out and let others know what your plans are.

“Once you get to the beach if you have any doubt about your abilities in the conditions it is best not to go out,” he concluded.

A number of beaches will remain patrolled around NSW throughout the winter months by Council Lifeguards. Please see for a full list of these patrolled locations. Volunteer lifesavers will return for the commencement of the 2016/17 season from Saturday September 24.

General Safety Tips During Dangerous Surf Conditions:

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves
  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See BeachSafe for patrolled locations/times
  • Check the official Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) forecast before undertaking rock fishing and water activities
  • Boaties should seek advice from Marine Rescue NSW and always wear a lifejacket
  • If witnessing an in-water emergency dial Triple Zero – Police

Wed 6 Jul 2016