- 28 Jan
1 Umina Beach
Umina Beach 2257, NSW
Ocean Beach (NSW 297a) commences at Wagstaff Point, sandy entrance to Brisbane Water, and trends west for 1.3 km. It is sheltered by Box Head and the tidal delta with usually low waves along the shore, and a reflective beach in lee of the shallow shoals. However waves breaking over the shoals can generate rip currents together with tidal currents flowing out of Brisbane Water. The Ocean Beach SLSC (formed in 1921) is located toward the eastern end of the beach where it is surrounded by a large car park.
Both beaches are moderately sheltered and relatively calm under northeast and east conditions. However tidal currents increase toward the east and Ettalong Beach and when waves are breaking, rip currents increase in strength toward the centre and west, with up to eight rips cutting across the attached bar. Best to stay between the flags at both beaches and on the attached bars, avoiding the rips and tidal currents.