Surf Safety – Stanwell Park Beach


Stanwell Park is the northern-most beach patrolled by Wollongong City Council, and it’s one of the most scenic spots on the coast. Our lifeguards work here from the start of the September school holidays until the end of the April
school holidays. Stanwell Park’s unique coastal headland setting means conditions here change very quickly, even when lifeguards are on patrol. This beach is recognised as one of
the city’s most hazardous, so only experienced swimmers and surfers should enter the water.
Stanwell Park Beach usually has strong rips against each headland, has several shifting
beach rips, combined with wide, deep troughs and sand bars. This means there are lots of
potential hazards for swimmers. Those with young children should take extra care here.
The beach has a long history of dramatic rescues and in the summer of 2011 a large group of
swimmers between the flags were suddenly swept from the sandbank at Stanwell Park onto an
adjoining rip. Lifeguards and volunteer lifesavers were on hand to get everyone back to shore,
but sadly one swimmer passed away. Hang gliders also use the northern end of the beach as
a primary landing zone. Occasionally they’re blown out of this zone towards swimmers and
other beach users. So please admire their skills and make sure you keep an eye out for
them. Whether you’re at Stanwell Park Beach or any of our other beautiful beaches, always
make sure you stay between the red and yellow flags and only swim during patrol hours. Listen
to the advice of our lifeguards and lifesavers. For more safety tips, visit Council’s website.

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