SharkSmart 4+

NSW Department of Primary Industries

Designed for iPad

    • Free


Enjoy NSW beaches. Be SharkSmart

Check the latest sightings by Surf Life Saving drones and tagged shark detections before you hit the water in NSW. A better awareness and understanding of sharks and their behaviour can help everyone enjoy the beach and reduce the chances of a shark encounter.

The SharkSmart app provides information and resources such as Alerts to help you reduce the chance of a close encounter with a shark at NSW beaches and estuaries.

Stay SharkSmart with our app.

The Maps feature shows where the user is in relation to the general location of beaches with shark mitigation gear, alerts about shark-related incidents and news and real-time information from NSW’s VR4G tagged shark listening stations. Beachgoers can download the app and set it to receive tagged shark alerts at certain times and locations.

Watch compatible
If you have a smart watch running Wear OS by Google, the SharkSmart App also comes with a companion smart watch app to receive SharkSmart alerts. These alerts can be viewed by your location with the “around me” feature or set up to receive alerts for a region, by time or favourite beaches.

This feature presents images of dangerous and non-dangerous sharks and other marine animals that sting and bite for information and education purposes.

Social Media
The app has links to official NSW Department of Primary Industries social media channels including Facebook, NSW SharkSmart Twitter and YouTube. There’s also a link to the Department’s SharkSmart webpage so users can be up to date with the latest information provided by the department.

Details about the NSW Shark Meshing (Bather Protection) Program are provided.

My Risk
It provides a range of interactive features and resources including a fundamental risk assessment profile that allocates a user into a ‘risky’ or ‘safer’ behaviour rating using factors understood to affect shark bite risk. Risk rating escalates higher or lower subject to the input of the user (e.g. swimming at sunrise or dawn would increase the risk). The risk level can be reduced by adjusting risky behaviour but never eliminated (unless the user doesn’t go in the water)

Other Safety Programs
The NSW Government hosts, supports and/or promotes a range of other water safety programs. Links to key programs are provided so user can get the most out of NSW beautiful waterways while staying safer.

What’s New

Version 3.10

We have added some new features to SharkSmart.

Updated Alerts:
Tapping on the new "Shark" icon under each tagged Shark Alerts shows you more info about that particular Shark.
You can also tap on the Shark number in the alert to view more info.
Find information such as Species, Gender, Tagged date and time, Release location and Last Detection.

Updated VR4G Alerts:
Find more information about VR4G Receivers and tagged Shark detections at the receiver location.
See a list of tagged Sharks at that particular receiver location.
Tap on the circles in the Map to view a chronological timeline of a particular Shark at that receiver.

We've also made some other minor updates to have a better experience on newer devices. Please ensure you have the latest app installed and stay #SharkSmart.

Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

Tyyttttam ,

Please improve app on Apple Watch

Hey guys, this app is awesome. Definitely helps me feel a little more confident when surfing.
I generally use it to see the times that the sharks are around.

I would love it so much if the app would send me an alarm through the app on the Apple Watch when there is a tagged shark located in my area

Developer Response ,

Hi there, thanks for your feedback. We are constantly adding new features to the app. With regards to a SharkSmart app on your Apple Watch. Yes, we do have an independent App that works on a cellular Apple Watch. Please have a look here for more info at this link. You will see a link to the Apple Watch FAQ's at the end of the page too.

_higgsboson_ ,

Needs a few fixes

A good app in principle, but is quite buggy. Notifications don't go away once you have read the alerts. Am randomly getting 30+ notifications a day for areas of NSW I am not in, that are outside the areas I have selected to recieve notifications for - it ignores my settings. App also ignores the times set in the scheduled Do Not Disturb time, meaning not only do I get alerts about sharks hundreds of kilometers away, I also get them at 3 in the morning. While writing this review I recived six separate alerts for beaches I am nowhere near and have not selected to get notifications for.

J9R27 ,

Such a great app!

This app is awesome, so easy to use and the notifications are great!! There was an issue recently and I contacted them and they fixed it straight away, I was so impressed!! I can’t recommend this app enough!!!! The best shark notification one out there.

Developer Response ,

Hello J9R27, thank you for your great feedback and getting in touch. We are glad we were able to help out. Do make sure you update to the latest version we have released as there are some more enhancements made to the app specially the "My Beaches" section and the filtering of Alerts data. Stay #SharkSmart.

App Privacy

The developer, NSW Department of Primary Industries, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer's privacy policy.

Data Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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