Tuggerah Beach picks up most swell, particularly out of the east and southeast, resulting in an energetic surf zone averaging 1.6 m.
This is a hazardous rip-dominated beach with usually 20 or more rips operating. The patrolled area at Entrance North offers the best location for swimming.
Pelican Point in the north catches most swells and in summer the northerly wind blows offshore. Beach breaks run the length of the beach with conditions depending on swell and bar shape.
Shifting beach gutters are usually found right along the beach. The most popular spot is the section north of the lake entrance, which is fished for mulloway, whiting, luderick and tailor.