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Bar Reef break guidePhoto by: DANIEL MAWKES

Bar Reef Surf Guide

Bar Reef in Newcastle is an exposed reef break that only works once in a while The best wind direction is from the northwest. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. No reef break here. Often Crowded. Hazards include - Urchins - Rips / undertow - Rocks - Localism - Sharks.

Bar Reef Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon reef  redReefIcon  s0
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
inconsistent
18.1°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Bar Reef:

The best conditions reported for surf at Bar Reef occur when a Southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northwest.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Bar Reef (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Bar Reef with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of July. Clean surfable waves are typically found 41% of the time in July while 39% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 20% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
41%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
39%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
20%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Bar Reef Location Map

Interactive Bar Reef surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail.

Icon breakBreak
Icon legend buoysLive Wave Height (m)
Icon legend windLive Wind Speed (km/h)
Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Bar Reef Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Friday, 30 July 2021, 05:24 Local Time
Friday 30
7AM10AM1PM4PM
Wave (m)
0.7
S
0.8
S
0.8
S
0.7
S
Period (s) 8 10 8 8
Wind (km/h)
15
15
10
10
Wind State off off cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Bar Reef

Surf stats for Bar Reef, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Bar Reef

Wind stats for Bar Reef, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Other Nearby Breaks Closest To:

Discover surf breaks near Bar Reef. Click below to view there surf guides.

    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: very consistent
    0km away
    • Icon sandbar  redSandbar
    • Icon  s33.5
    Reliability: very consistent
    0km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s43.8
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon beachBeach and reef
    • Icon  s43.5
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    1km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.3
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    2km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Bar Reef: