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Box Head Surf Guide

Box Head in Newcastle is an exposed point/Rivermouth break. Winter is the optimum time of year for surfing here. Works best in offshore winds from the northeast. Groundswells and windswells are equally likely and the ideal swell direction is from the south.The break here is a left hand point. Best around low tide. Unlikely to be too crowded, even when the surf is up. Beware of rips, rocks and sharks.

Box Head Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
20.5°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Box Head:

The best conditions reported for surf at Box Head occur when a South-southeast swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the Northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

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

januaryBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Box Head with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of January. Clean surfable waves are typically found 1% of the time in January while 7% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 92% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Box Head Location Map

Interactive Box Head 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. The closest passenger airport to Box Head is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD) in Australia, 47 km (29 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Box Head is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU), also in Australia, 53 km (33 miles) away.

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Box Head Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Thursday, 8 December 2022, 00:07 Local Time
Thursday 08
Wave (m)
Period (s) 10 9 9 8
Wind (km/h)
Wind State cross cross on cross-

Swell History at Box Head

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

Wind History at Box Head

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

Box Head Reviews:

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Moggy from Australia
“Box head is an exceptionally long left sandbar at the entrance to Brisbane Waters. it only breaks a few times a year on large South Swells. A large crew frequent the break whenever it works, and most buddy up with a PWC for quick access back to the peak after each ride. Inside section can be quite hollow on lower tides, but competition for waves is fierce.”

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