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Box Head ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 1.0
Difficulty Level: 3.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 5.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.8

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Box Head Spot ID

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Type: point/Rivermouth

Reliability: inconsistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind NE

Sea Temperature Today is: 22.3 °C

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019, 07:27 Local time
Tuesday 22
Wave (m) 0.4
Period (s) 15 9 9 9
Wind (km/h) 5
N 5
NNE 15
ENE 20
Wind State cross-
off cross-

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Box Head in Newcastle is an exposed point/Rivermouth break. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the south.The break here is a left hand point. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Ettalong, Australia, 3 km from Box Head.

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Box Head Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Umina Beach Australia Central Coast wx, 4 km from Box Head.


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Air temperature
21.1 °C

Current weather near Box Head

Buoy Data:

At Sydney Waverider Buoy, 16 miles from Box Head.

  12AM 1AM 2AM 3AM
Data Age 6 hr 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr
Wave height (m) 0.865
Average period (s) 7.56 10.83 16.04 16.04

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Overall Box Head Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in January

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Town and city forecasts close to Box Head:

  • Closest city location
    21 mi
  • Second closest city location
    24 mi
  • Third closest city location
    26 mi
  • Fourth closest city location
    28 mi
  • Fifth closest city location
    29 mi


  • The closest passenger airport to Box Head is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Box Head is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 53 km (33 miles) away.
  • Third is Richmond Airport (RCM) in Australia, 53 km (33 miles) away.
  • Camden Airport (CDU) in Australia is 82 km (51 miles) away.
  • Newcastle Airport (NTL), also in Australia is the fifth nearest airport to Box Head and is 95 km (59 miles) away.
Box Head break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Box Head, NSW - Newcastle. Use the tab navigation above to view Box Head sea temperature, Box Head photographs, Box Head detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Box Head webcams, current wind from NSW - Newcastle live weather stations and Box Head tide predictions. The Australia swell maps link will open up the big picture showing Australia and the surrounding seas. These swell maps can be animated to show the different swell components, wave energy, wave period, wave heights, together with wind and weather forecasts, current weather and sea state observations from Australia wave-buoys, passing ships and coastal weather stations. Each of the forecast pages for this surf break feature a global and regional wavefinder tool to locate the best surf conditions in the area around Box Head.