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

Overall: 3.7

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Frenchmans Reef Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind W

Sea Temperature Today is: 20.7 °C

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Wednesday, 12 December 2018, 15:53 Local time
Wednesday 12
Wave (m) 0.7
Period (s) 8 8 4 5
Wind (km/h) 20
E 20
ENE 20
NE 20
Wind State on on cross-

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Frenchmans Reef in Newcastle is an exposed beach break that has fairly consistent surf Works best in offshore winds from the west. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Take care of rips, rocks and sharks.

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Swansea, Australia, 2 km from Frenchmans Reef.

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Frenchmans Reef Tide Times and Tide Chart

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At darrell Caves Beach wx, 2 km from Frenchmans Reef.


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Air temperature
22.6 °C

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Buoy Data:

At Sydney Waverider Buoy, 49 miles from Frenchmans Reef.

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Data Age 5 hr 4 hr 3 hr 2 hr
Wave height (m) 0.925
Average period (s) 9.32 8.52 8.9 8.17

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  • The closest passenger airport to Frenchmans Reef is Newcastle Airport (NTL) in Australia, 37 km (23 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Frenchmans Reef is Richmond Airport (RCM), also in Australia, 99 km (61 miles) away.
  • Third is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 105 km (65 miles) away.
  • Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU) in Australia is 111 km (69 miles) away.
  • Camden Airport (CDU), also in Australia is the fifth nearest airport to Frenchmans Reef and is 138 km (86 miles) away.
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