Environmental issues


Southern Harbours

Botany Bay

Lower Georges River

Port Hacking

Tuesday 2 September 2014

Issued at 8:00 AM

Rainfall data has been used to predict the likelihood of bacterial contamination at swimming sites in Botany Bay, lower Georges River and Port Hacking.

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Marine wind warning for gale winds for
the following areas: Sydney Closed Waters, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast


Pollution is unlikely Pollution is unlikely, enjoy your swim!
Pollution is possible Pollution is possible, take care.
Pollution is likely Pollution is likely, avoid swimming today.
Update Updated information available.

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As a general precaution, swimming in Botany Bay, lower Georges River and Port Hacking should be avoided for up to three days following rainfall or for as long as stormwater is present. The most obvious signs of stormwater pollution are water discolouration as well as debris in the water and on the tide line.

* Please note water temperature in estuarine areas can be warmer in summer and cooler in winter than the reported ocean temperature.


Beach Conditions

Weather – Mostly cloudy with scattered showers developing during the morning. The chance of an afternoon thunderstorm. 

Winds – W/SW 15 to 20 km/h tending S/SW 30 to 45 km/h in the afternoon, reaching 55 to possibly 65 km/h along the coast tonight.

Rainfall – 18.5mm in the previous 5 days

Expected maximum temperature – 18oC

Ocean temperature – 17oC

Swell – Easterly 1.5 metres, tending southerly 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon

High tide – 1.5 metres at 13:29

Low tide – 0.6 metres at 20:05



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