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Headlands 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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Headlands Spot ID

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Type: reef

Reliability: fairly consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind WSW

Sea Temperature Today is: 16.4 °C

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Wednesday, 21 August 2019, 13:48 Local time
Wednesday 21
Wave (m) 0.9
Period (s) 13 13 13 14
Wind (km/h) 30
W 30
W 30
WSW 25
Wind State off off off off

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Headlands in Sydney South is an exposed reef break that has quite reliable surf, although summer tends to be mostly flat. Works best in offshore winds from the west southwest. Most of the surf here comes from groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. A right hand reef. Best around mid tide. Relatively few surfers here, even on good days. Watch out for rips, rocks and sharks.

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Bulli, 9 km from Headlands.

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Headlands Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Bellambi Aws, 13 km from Headlands.

moderate winds from the W

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Air temperature
19.5 °C

Current weather near Headlands

Buoy Data:

At Port Kembla Waverider Buoy, 14 miles from Headlands.

  2AM 3AM 4AM 5AM
Data Age 11 hr 10 hr 9 hr 8 hr
Wave height (m) 1.203
Average period (s) 11.45 - 10.27 14.85

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Overall Headlands Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in August

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  • The closest passenger airport to Headlands is Camden Airport (CDU) in Australia, 36 km (22 miles) away (directly).
  • The second nearest airport to Headlands is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 38 km (24 miles) away.
  • Third is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 41 km (25 miles) away.
  • Richmond Airport (RCM) in Australia is 76 km (47 miles) away.
  • Newcastle Airport (NTL), also in Australia is the fifth nearest airport to Headlands and is 182 km (113 miles) away.
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This is the Surf-Forecast page for Headlands, NSW - Illawarra. Use the tab navigation above to view Headlands sea temperature, Headlands photographs, Headlands detailed swell predictions, wind and weather forecasts, Headlands webcams, current wind from NSW - Illawarra live weather stations and Headlands 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 Headlands.