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Hazardous surf conditions are expected along much of the NSW coastline Sunday and Monday and surf lifesavers are urging people to be extremely cautious.

The Bureau of Meteorology has issued a hazardous surf warning likely to affect from the Hunter up to Coffs Harbour on Sunday and will extend across the entire NSW coast on Monday.

Conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as rock fishing, boating, and swimming. People should consider staying out of the water and avoid walking near surf-exposed areas. Rock fishers should avoid coastal rock platforms exposed to the ocean and seek a safe location that is sheltered from the surf.

Strong winds and a southerly swell caused by a low-pressure system in Tasman, means most beaches and rock platforms could be treacherous for the next day or so. Surf Life Saving NSW CEO Steven Pearce urges the public to take extreme caution if they are visiting the coast.

"Over the winter months, only 12 beaches are patrolled in NSW. It's very important for anyone visiting the coast to consider the risks associated with these conditions before putting themselves, their family and our lifeguards in danger,” said Steve Pearce.

Depending on the conditions, some beaches may be closed due to the large swell tomorrow and across the weekend.

"If lifeguards haven’t put the red and yellow flags up, the beach is not safe for swimming. Because if no one can see you, no one can save you," said Steve Pearce.

The Surf Patrol season commences on Saturday 28 September when volunteer lifesavers will return to patrol beaches across NSW on weekends and public holidays.

Lifeguard Patrolled Beaches in Winter

  • Byron Main Beach (Far North Coast)

  • Park Beach, Coffs Harbour (North Coast)

  • Nobbys (Hunter)

  • Bar Beach / Cooks Hill (Hunter)

  • Merewether (Hunter)

  • Manly (Sydney Northern Beaches)

  • Bondi (Sydney)

  • Bronte (Sydney)

  • Coogee (Sydney)

  • Maroubra (Sydney)

  • Cronulla (Sydney)

  • North Beach (Wollongong)

Visit or download the Beachsafe App, to find patrolled locations and up-to-date beach conditions.

Hazardous Surf Conditions Safety Tips

  • Avoid rock fishing and water activities on exposed beaches/rock-shelves

  • Only swim at patrolled beaches, between the red & yellow flags. See the website 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 000 – Police