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The Cliff ratings
Quality on a good day: 3.0
Consistency of Surf: 4.5
Difficulty Level: 1.5
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.0
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.5

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The Cliff Spot ID

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Type: sandbar

Reliability: very consistent

Best: Swell SE | Wind NW

Sea Temperature Today is: 18.0 °C

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Tuesday, 17 July 2018, 10:23 Local time
Tuesday 17
Wave (m) 0.8
Period (s) 9 9 9 8
Wind (km/h) 25
WNW 25
WNW 25
NW 20
Wind State off off off cross-

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The Cliff in Newcastle is an exposed sandbar break that is often working. Works best in offshore winds from the northwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell direction is from the southeast. The sandbar breaks consists of lefts. An uncrowded break, even when it is working. Take care of - Urchins - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Localism - Sharks.

New-South-Wales wave energy surf 12 hr forecast

Forecast Wave Energy (Power): 12hrs

Tide Times:

For Newcastle, Australia, 1 km from The Cliff.

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The Cliff Tide Times and Tide Chart

Live Weather:

At Merewether, 2 km from The Cliff.


Air temperature
15 °C

Current weather near The Cliff

Overall The Cliff Surf Consistency and Wind Distribution in July

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

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.