Hunter ocean beaches

Port Stephens Council

Newcastle City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Tuesday 19 January 2021

Issued at 9:35 AM

Rainfall data has been used to predict the likelihood of bacterial contamination at beaches in the Hunter region.

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For information on beach closures please contact relevant authorities such as local councils.
NSW EPA has advised of a sewage overflow on 11 January 2021 affecting swimming sites in Port Stephens from Nelson Bay Marina. As a precaution, swimming sites have been closed and swimming should be avoided due to the possibility of pollution. Contact Port Stephens Council for further information.

Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as swimming, rock fishing and surfing.


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.

More information about this forecast


As a general precaution, swimming at beaches in the Hunter region should be avoided for up to one day after heavy 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.

Beach Conditions

Weather – Becoming cloudy. High chance of showers. 

Winds – SE 20 to 30 km/h.

Rainfall – 0mm in the previous 24 hours.

Expected maximum temperature – 24oC

Ocean temperature – 23oC

Swell – Southerly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 3 metres around midday, then increasing to 4 metres by early evening.

High tide – 1.52 metres at 13:22

Low tide – 0.75 metres at 07:14



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