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Butterbox ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.0
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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Butterbox Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SSE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 17.2 °C

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Monday, 16 July 2018, 07:24 Local time
Monday 16
Wave (m) 1.4
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h) 15
WNW 15
WNW 10
W 5
Wind State off cross-
off glass

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Butterbox in Sydney North is an exposed reef break that has fairly consistent surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. The best wind direction is from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the best swell direction is from the south southeast. The left reef break is best, but there is a right reef too.. Best around mid tide when the tide is rising. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for urchins, rips, rocks, obstacles, sharks,seaweed.

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Dee Why, 2 km from Butterbox.

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Butterbox Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Flight Deck Collaroy wx, 3 km from Butterbox.


Air temperature
6.0 °C

Current weather near Butterbox

Overall Butterbox Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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  • The closest passenger airport to Butterbox is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 26 km (16 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Butterbox is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 37 km (23 miles) away.
  • Third is Richmond Airport (RCM) in Australia, 53 km (33 miles) away.
  • Camden Airport (CDU) in Australia is 67 km (42 miles) away.
  • Newcastle Airport (NTL), also in Australia is the fifth nearest airport to Butterbox and is 116 km (72 miles) away.
Butterbox break location map and break info

This is the Surf-Forecast page for Butterbox, NSW - Sydney North Coast. Use the tab navigation above to view Butterbox sea temperature, Butterbox photographs, Butterbox detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Butterbox webcams, current wind from NSW - Sydney North Coast live weather stations and Butterbox 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 Butterbox.

FEATURE UPDATE: we now show red swell icons for 'open sea' swells that are travelling in an unfavourable direction for the surf break. In places, these swells may still wrap around coastlines and produce smaller waves at some breaks. They are also significant for windsurfers and other water users that tend to venture further off-shore.