Newcastle Harbour

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Difficulty 8

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Break frequency 2

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72 days a year

Death pit Wave

Wave Direction

Swell Direction

5m+ Swell

Wind Direction

Tide

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Username: longinus

Date created: 03/01/2008

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A definite novelty spot during the odd cyclonic NE swell that manages to weave it's way down the East Australian Coast. During World War II many of the beaches around the Newcastle area had large concrete pyramis tank traps placed on the foreshore to hamper any possible landing of Japanese tanks ashore. Fortunately the moment never came although Newcastle was shelled by passing submarines. Upon the completion of  the war the ever resourceful forefathers saw their way to dumping the collected traps into Newcastle Harbour, straight off the breakwall.

So what we now have today is a fierce right hand barrell that breaks over 60 year old twisted concrete and metal reinforecement in the largest of north east swells. Technically offshore in a southerly, the 'Harbour' is protected from all winds due to it's inner location. A real treat when it turns on but easily crowded out due to the single peak set up. There are multiple entry/exit points as you approach the main wave along the breakwall, the closer o the break you 'rock off' the more precise you need to be in your timing as one would expect. 

Proceed with caution, this place is lethal in a falling tide and the twisted metal on the bottom has claimed many a board and a few riders in it's time.

Wave length

50-100m

Share with

11-20

Best months

December - February

Equipment

Body Board, gun

Wave type

Death pit

Access

Standard Paddle

Hazards

Sharks, Reef/Rock, Man Made Objects (piers, navigation markers etc)

5 Day Forecast

5 day forecast not available.

Air - Sea - Swell - Wind

  • Spring suit
  • 3/2 steamer
  • 3/2 steamer
  • Spring suit

NE

NE

1M / F4

E

S

2M / F4

SE

W

2M / F6

E

N

1M / F6

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