Beachgoers are being warned to take care along the NSW coastline as hazardous surf conditions and powerful swells are predicted for most of the week.
Photos taken at Bronte Beach in the city's east at lunchtime on Tuesday show just how choppy conditions currently are, forcing the closure of most patrolled beaches along the NSW coastline.
From Tuesday to at least Thursday, hazardous surf conditions will batter the entire NSW coastline.
NSW Lifesaving manager Matt du Plessis warned beachgoers to take extra care following a number of drownings over the holiday season.
"Please take note of the safety warnings and if you have any doubt whatsoever about your ability to handle the water it's better not to go in," Mr du Plessis said in a statement on Monday.
Rock fishers are also being advised to avoid activities on exposed beaches and rock shelves due to a predicted 13-second period swell.
AAP/ Staff writers