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Coalcliff ratings
Quality on a good day: 4.0
Consistency of Surf: 3.3
Difficulty Level: 4.0
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.0
Crowds: 2.0

Overall: 2.5

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Coalcliff break guide

Coalcliff Surf Guide

Coalcliff in Sydney South is an exposed beach break that has very consistent surf and works all around the year. Offshore winds blow from the southwest. Waves just as likely from local windswells as from distant groundswells and the ideal swell angle is from the southeast. The beach break offers mainly left hand waves. Rarely crowded here. Watch out for urchins, rips, rocks, obstacles, locals and sharks.

Coalcliff Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
very consistent
23.4°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Coalcliff:

The best conditions reported for surf at Coalcliff 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 Coalcliff (for consistent clean waves)?

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Coalcliff 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 44% of the time in July while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 18% 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 Coalcliff Location Map

Interactive Coalcliff 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 Coalcliff is Sydney Bankstown Airport (BWU) in Australia, 34 km (21 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Coalcliff is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD), also in Australia, 35 km (22 miles) away.

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Please note that some surf spot locations are approximate to protect their exact location while others are not shown at close zoom level.
Coalcliff Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Sunday, 11 April 2021, 05:00 Local Time
Sunday 11
Wave (m) 1.2
Period (s) 9 8 8 10
Wind (km/h) 20
W 20
W 20
W 25
Wind State cross-

Swell History at Coalcliff

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

Wind History at Coalcliff

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

Coalcliff Reviews:

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Based on 3 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s32.5
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s44.0
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.3
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s44.0
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s11.0
  • Crowds:Icon  s22.0
  • ...

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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Phil Osopher from Australia
“Haven't surfed here for years, but have fond memories of the RH reef producing quick takeoffs, but frustrated by the mellow end section. The bombie sometimes produced some wally left numbers, which would start with a steep takeoff and invite multiple cutties, before producing a nice section breaking into a deep gutter which produced the most unusual noise when all the stones crashed together in the shorey.
On certain tides, the mid break produced some fun right and left peaks. Not sure if this has changed, but it was always a good midweek option and offered some protection from the southerlies.”

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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
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    Reliability: fairly consistent
    5km away
    • Icon beachBeach and point
    Reliability: very consistent
    6km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Coalcliff:

We hope you find the new 12-day forecasts and additional details useful.

Kudos to everyone who helped us debug this over the past 3 months.

Be sure to click on the Advanced Surf option to see extra details about the sea-state. Look out for crossing swells and short period local wind swells and chop that will often spoil a groundswell even if the wind is perfect. As yet there is no allowance for this in the swell rating. This is something we are working on.