North Coast beaches weekly star ratings

Find out the star rating for your beach this week and how we decide how many stars to give.

How to read star ratings

Rating

Enterococci category
(colony forming units per 100ml)

Description

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<41

Good

* * *

41–200

Fair

* *

201–500

Poor

*

>500

Bad


Ballina Shire Council monitor 13 swimming sites. Water samples are collected weekly from November to February.

If you're unsure about the safety of swimming at your local beach or swimming spot, speak to the lifeguards on duty or give Ballina Shire Council a call. 

Sample day is 22 February 2022 (Sampling has finished for this season. Ballina Shire Council will recommence routine sampling in November 2022).

Rainfall in the 24 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am):  10.2 mm (Ballina)
Rainfall in the 72 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am):  14.2 mm (Ballina)

Swimming Site Site type Rating Stars
Lake Ainsworth West Lagoon/Lake 3 ***
Lake Ainsworth South Lagoon/Lake 2**
Lake Ainsworth East Lagoon/Lake 4 ****
Lake Ainsworth North Lagoon/Lake 4 ****
Seven Mile Beach Ocean beach 4 ****
Shelly Beach Ocean beach 4 ****
Lighthouse Beach Ocean beach 4 ****
Shaws Bay East  Estuarine  3 ***
Shaws Bay North Estuarine 3 ***
Shaws Bay West Estuarine 4 ****
Shaws Bay East Arm Estuarine 4 ****
Shaws Bay East Beach Estuarine 3 ***
The Serpentine Estuarine 4 ****

Richmond Valley Council monitor 5 swimming sites. Water samples are collected weekly from October to March at the three ocean beaches and Elm St Bridge North. Evans River is sampled weekly throughout the year.

If you're unsure about the safety of swimming at your local beach or swimming spot, speak to the lifeguards on duty or give Richmond Valley Council a call.  

Sample day is 19 May 2022. 
Rainfall in the 24 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am): 2.8 mm (Evans Head) 
Rainfall in the 72 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am): 6.6 mm (Evans Head)

*Sample day is 6 April 2022. 
Rainfall in the 24 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am): 0 mm (Evans Head) 
Rainfall in the 72 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am): 6.6 mm (Evans Head)

 Swimming site Site type  Rating  Stars 
Airforce Beach* Ocean beach 3 ***
Main Beach* Ocean beach 3 ***
Shark Bay* Ocean beach 4 ****

Evans River

Estuarine 2 **
Elms St Bridge North* Estuarine  2 **

Coffs Harbour City Council monitors 8 swimming sites. Water samples are collected weekly from November to March.

If you're unsure about the safety of swimming at your local beach or swimming spot, speak to the lifeguards on duty or give Coffs Harbour City Council a call. 

Sample day is 28 March 2022 (Sampling has finished for this season. Coffs Harbour City Council will recommence routine sampling in November 2022). 
Rainfall in the 24 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am): 78 mm (Coffs Harbour)

 Swimming site Site type  Rating  Stars 
Safety Beach Ocean beach 1 *
Woolgoolga Main Beach Ocean beach3 ***
Emerald Beach Ocean beach 3 ***
Diggers Beach Ocean beach 3 ***
Park Beach Ocean beach 3 ***
Jetty Beach Ocean beach 4 ****
Sawtell Beach Ocean beach 4 ****
Sawtell Rock Pool Ocean bath 3 ***