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Patrolled Beaches

The Port Macquarie-Hastings Council contract community protection on our beaches to the Australian Lifeguard Service. Australian Lifeguard Service patrols start from the September-October school holidays and run through to ANZAC Day or the finish of the school holidays for Town Beach and Flynns Beach.

Lighthouse, Lake Cathie, Rainbow and North Haven Beaches provide services during the September/October, Christmas and April school holiday periods only. Some Port Macquarie - Hastings beaches are also patrolled by Volunteer Life Savers.  For more information about our patrolled beaches, including patrol dates and times, please refer below. 

Lifeguards and  Surf Life Savers are only on duty when the Red and Yellow flags are in place. Swim between the red and yellow flags as this indicates the supervised swimming area. 

For more information about about Beach safety please refer to https://beachsafe.org.au/

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Town Beach

Drinking Water Toilets Toilets Showers Kiosk Shops Playground Public phone Park Picnic Shade Parking Bus Disabled toilets Mobile phone coverage
Bicycles allowed Shared footway No littering No cats or dogs Picking plants is prohibited Bombing prohibited No dogs allowed PWCs prohibited No removing shellfish Dog litter must be picked up No firearms No golf No alcohol No horses Water skiing prohibited No trailbikes Camping prohibited
Rocks and submerged objects Littoral currents fixed rips and travelling rips High surf Shallow sandbars Gutters Accessible rock platforms

The beach features sand going from a rocky headland in the south-eastern corner to the break wall at the tip of the Hastings River, with a few rocky sections breaking up the beach and surf. As the beach and sand is very close to an open river mouth it's important to read the signs at this beach & swim between the flags, currents will change very quickly with the tides.

For more info on Beach Safety for Town Beach: https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw161

Australian Lifeguard Service Patrol Dates Days of Service Patrol Times
29 September 2018 to 21 December 2018 7 days 9am - 5pm
22 December 2018 to 28 January 2019 7 days 9am - 6pm
29 January 2019 to 29 April 2019 7 days 9am - 5pm

Flynns Beach

 Toilets Disabled toilets Dressing shed Showers Kiosk Public phone Park BBQ Picnic Shade Natural shade Mobile phone coverage Parking Bus Drinking water Cafe
Bicycles allowed Shared footway No littering No cats or dogs Picking plants prohibited Bombing prohibited No dogs allowed PWCs prohibited No removing shellfish Dog litter must be picked up No firearms No golf No alcohol No horses Water skiing prohibited No trailbikes Camping prohibited
Rocks and submerged objects Littoral currents fixed rips and travelling rips Shallow sandbarsHigh surf Heavy shorebreakAccessible rock platforms  

The position of Flynns beach and its landscape can make the surf and weather conditions near perfect. It's tucked away in a southern corner and is protected from southerly swells and winds. When the swell or winds are from the east or north-east the surf conditions can become very tricky due to the small size of the beach and rocky surroundings. It is recommended to read and obey all beach signs and talk to the Lifeguards or Surf Lifesavers who patrol this beach.

For more info on Beach Safety for Flynns Beach: http://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw164

Australian Lifeguard Service Patrol Dates Days of Service Patrol Times
29 September 2018 to 21 December 2018 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm
22 December 2018 to 29 January 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 6pm
30 January 2019 to 28 April 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm

* Sat-Sun and Public Holidays are patrolled by Volunteer Surf Life Savers - For Volunteer Patrol Dates please visit www.pmslsc.com.au

 

 Lighthouse Beach

 Accessible Toilets Toilets Dressing shed Showers Kiosk Shops Public phone Park Picnic Shade Caravan park Cafe Lookout Natural shade Mobile phone coverage Parking Bus
Bicycles allowed Camping prohibited No littering No vehicles No firearms No removing shellfish
Winds beach exposure long beach Littoral currents fixed rips and travelling rips Rocks submerged objects High surf Gutters  

Situated along Matthew Flinders Drive you will find the car park next to Tacking Point Surf Lifesaving Club. Lighthouse Beach is very popular with experienced surf board and body boarders alike. With the beach facing south it can be very open to the large predominately southerly swell and winds, but is protected from winds and swell from the north. This makes it the pick of the beaches as it is the only patrolled beach that is protected from north winds. Heading further down the beach south of Watonga rocks is the dog friendly section of the beach.

For more info on Beach Safety for Lighthouse Beach: https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw172

Australian Lifeguard Service Patrol Dates Days of Service Patrol Times
2 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm
24 December 2018 to 25 January 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm
15 April 2019 to 26 April 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm

* Sat-Sun and Public Holidays are patrolled by Volunteer Surf Lifesavers - For Volunteer Patrol Dates please visit www.tackingpointslsc.org.au

Lake Cathie

 Kiosk Shops Public phone Park Drinking Water Parking Bus Mobile phone coverage
Camping prohibited No littering No dogs allowed No vehicles No cats or dogs No firearms Dog litter must be picked up No removing shellfish
Winds beach exposure long beach Littoral currents fixed rips and tavelling rips Rocks submerged objects High surf Gutters Heavy shorebreak  

Lake Cathie Beach offers access to the calm waters of the lake which periodically opens to the sea. The reserve surrounding the lake is great for families with the large open grassed areas and facilities and conveniently close to shops.
Care must be taken in the surf. The beach is very open and therefore attracts swell and winds from every direction which can affect the surf conditions. The sand is soft, creating an unusually strong under-tow close to shore and powerful dumping waves. Only swim when the Red and Yellow flags are in place and always check with the Lifeguards before entering the water.

For more info on Beach Safety for Lake Cathie Beach: https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw173

Australian Lifeguard Service Patrol Dates Days of Service Patrol Times
29 September 2018 to 14 October 2018 7 days 9am - 5pm
22 December 2018 to 28 January 2019 7 days 9am - 5pm
13 April 2019 to 28 April 2019 7 days 9am - 5pm

Rainbow Beach

 Toilets Park BBQ Picnic Shade Playground Caravan park Skate park Bike path Lookout Natural shade Parking.jpg Bus.jpg Dressing shed Mobile phone coverage Showers
Bicycles allowed No littering Picking plants prohibited Pushing prohibited Bombing prohibited No cats or dogs No firearms No glass No removing shellfishCamping prohibited
Winds beach exposure long beach Littoral currents fixed rips and travelling rips Slippery surface and Slippery rocks Rocks submerged objects Shallow sandbars Accessible rock platforms Heavy shorebreak High surf Gutters  

This beach caters for most surfing levels. The beach is north facing and is protected from southerly winds and swell. The rocky out crops to the south and headland aid in the beach's protection, however the beach is very open to any north winds or swell and these will change the currents very quickly. Care must be taken when entering the water with extra care and assessment to be undertaken during north winds or swells.

For more info on Beach Safety for Rainbow Beach: https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw174

Australian Lifeguard Service Patrol Dates Days of Service Patrol Times
2 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm
24 December 2018 to 25 January 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm
15 April 2019 to 26 April 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm

* Sat-Sun and Public Holidays are patrolled by Volunteer Surf Lifesavers - for Volunteer Patrol Dates please visit https://www.wbhslsc.org.au

North Haven Beach

 Toilets Caravan park Parking Natural shade Dressing shed Mobile phone coverage Showers
No littering Dog litter must be picked up No removing shellfishNo glass No firearms Camping- prohibited
Winds beach exposure long beach Littoral currents fixed rips and travelling rips Heavy shorebreak Gutters High surf  

North Haven Beach has a river mouth close by, although river currents do not affect the beach too much, care should be taken when swimming near any river mouth. North Haven is a very open beach with little protection from winds or swells. The beach does face slightly north and will be protected in southerly winds and swell. With the river mouth close by, the sand banks often change daily. Care is strongly advised even for the experienced surf board rider and you should speak with the Lifeguards or Surf Lifesavers before entering the water.

For more info on Beach Safety for North Haven Beach: https://beachsafe.org.au/beach/nsw178

Australian Lifeguard Service Patrol Dates Days of Service Patrol Times
2 October 2018 to 12 October 2018 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm
24 December 2018 to 25 January 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm
15 April 2019 to 26 April 2019 Mon-Fri * 9am - 5pm

* Sat-Sun and Public Holidays are patrolled by Volunteer Surf Lifesavers - For volunteer Patrol dates please visit www.chslsc.com

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This page was last updated on: 05 November 2018