Hunter ocean beaches

Port Stephens Council

Newcastle City Council

Lake Macquarie City Council

Sunday 26 March 2023

Issued at 7:10 AM

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

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NSW Water has reported algae blooms at some swimming sites, which may appear as a brown slicks in the water or pink and green in later life stages. As a precaution, direct contact with the algae should be avoided as it can cause skin and eye irritations. It is expected the algae blooms will dissipate with changes in tide and wind conditions.

For information on beach closures please contact relevant authorities such as local councils.


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 – Partly cloudy. High chance of showers during the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon. 

Winds – Light becoming E 15 to 20 km/h in the early afternoon then becoming light in the evening.

Rainfall – 10mm in the previous 24 hours.

Expected maximum temperature – 26oC

Ocean temperature – 24oC

Swell – Southerly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres south of Port Stephens.

High tide – 1.38 metres at 12:45

Low tide – 0.67 metres at 18:22



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