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.

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Rating

Enterococci category
(colony forming units per 100ml)

Description

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<41

Good

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41–200

Fair

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201–500

Poor

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>500

Bad


Byron Shire Council monitors 4 swimming sites. Water samples are collected weekly from December to April.

Sample day is 28 April 2021.

Rainfall in the 24 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am): 5.4 mm (Byron Bay)
Rainfall in the 72 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am): 8.6 mm (Byron Bay). 

 Swimming site Site type  Rating  Stars 
Torakina Beach              Estuarine 4 ****
Simpsons Creek             Estuarine 4 ****
Main Beach (Byron Bay) Ocean beach 4 ****

Tallow Beach (Suffolk Park)

Ocean beach 4 ****

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

Sample day is 3 March 2021

Rainfall in the 24 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am):  0 mm (Ballina)

Rainfall in the 72 hrs prior to sampling (to 9:00 am):  6.8 mm (Ballina)

Swimming Site Site type Rating Stars
Lake Ainsworth West Lagoon/Lake 3 ***
Lake Ainsworth South Lagoon/Lake 4 ****
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  4 ****
Shaws Bay North Estuarine 3 ***
Shaws Bay West Estuarine 4 ****
Shaws Bay East Arm Estuarine 4 ****
Shaws Bay East Beach Estuarine 4 ****
The Serpentine Estuarine 4 ****

Richmond Valley Council monitor 5 swimming sites. 

Sample day is 07 September 2021. 
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): 3.2 mm (Evans Head)

*Sample day is 14 July 2021. 
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): 0.6 mm (Evans Head)

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

Evans River

Estuarine 4 ****
Elms St Bridge North* Estuarine  4 ****