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Shelley Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.0
Consistency of Surf: 2.7
Difficulty Level: 3.7
Wind and Kite Surfing: 1.5
Crowds: 4.0

Overall: 3.2

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Shelley Beach Surf Guide

Shelley Beach in Newcastle is an exposed beach break that has dependable surf Works best in offshore winds from the northwest with some shelter here from northeast winds. Windswells and groundswells in equal measure and the best swell direction is from the southeast. The beach break offers both left and right hand waves. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It's sometimes crowded here. Watch out for sharks.

Shelley Beach Spot Info

Type:Rating:
Icon beachBeachIcon  s33.2
Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
consistent
17.8°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Shelley Beach:

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

julyBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Shelley Beach 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 46% of the time in July while 38% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 16% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
clean
46%
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
38%
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
16%
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

Explore Shelley Beach Location Map

Interactive Shelley Beach 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 Shelley Beach is Newcastle Airport (NTL) in Australia, 70 km (43 miles) away (directly). The second nearest airport to Shelley Beach is Kingsford Smith International Airport (Sydney) Airport (SYD), also in Australia, 72 km (45 miles) away.

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Shelley Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Monday, 27 September 2021, 22:22 Local Time
MonTue
7PM10PM1AM4AM
Wave (m)
1.1
S
1
S
1
S
0.9
SSE
Period (s) 10 10 10 10
Wind (km/h)
25
25
20
20
Wind State cross cross-
off
cross-
off
cross-
off

Swell History at Shelley Beach

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

Wind History at Shelley Beach

Wind stats for Shelley Beach, 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 Shelley Beach. Click below to view there surf guides.

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    Reliability: inconsistent
    0km away
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    • Icon  s43.9
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    3km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    4km away
    • Icon reef  redReef
    • Icon  s44.2
    Reliability: very consistent
    4km away
    • Icon beachBeach
    • Icon  s33.1
    Reliability: fairly consistent
    8km away

Wave Buoys Nearest To Shelley Beach: