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Goolwa-Middleton

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
sa0149
Includes Beaches:
goolwa surfers middleton
State/Region:
SA Goolwa South
Post Code:
5214
Length:
16.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
8/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
middleton rocks  (5.6km) basham  (6.1km) crockery bay  (6.2km) port elliot  (6.6km) ladies beach  (6.6km)

Beach

The Murray Mouth produces a small but significant break in the long Coorong beach. On the north side of the mouth is an 11 km long beach and dune system backed by the Goolwa channel, and known as the Sir Richard Peninsula. The town of Goolwa is located at the western end of the channel. Goolwa beach (149A) begins at the mouth and runs for 11 km to Goolwa Beach then another 6 km as Surfers (149B) and Middleton beaches (149C), where it is backed by 10 m high bluffs. The beach finally terminating against the rocks of Middleton Point. But for Murray Mouth (which occasionally closes) the entire beach system from Cape Jaffa to Middleton is 194 km in length.

Swimming

These are three of the most hazardous beaches in South Australia owing to the persistent high waves. However because of the very wide surf zone, it is moderately safe to swim in the inner surf zone on the bar. Do not however swim beyond the first line of breakers as strong currents occupy the trough between the bars.

Surfing

Middleton is the more popular spots owing to the easier access across the wide surf one using the permanent rip which runs out past Middleton Point. There are numerous breaks both along and across this wide surf zone, with best conditions during moderate swell and northerly winds.

Fishing

Most beach fishers head for Murray Mouth and the beach east of Goolwa. There is also rock fishing at Middleton Point.

General

Goolwa is the most popular surfing beach south of Adelaide and attracts large crowds in summer. However take care if swimming here as it is potentially hazardous.

Location

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    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:04:48

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    5
    First Aids:
    26
    Preventative Actions:
    172

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Goolwa SLSC

    Hazards

    Service Providers

    SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

    WEATHER

    Sat, 28 May 06:30 am

    HINDMARSH IS (1 km)


    Possible shower.
    12.90 °C
    SSE/35 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SatSunMonTueWedThu
    18° 18° 19° 18° 18° 17°

    WATER

    15

    Issued at Fri, 27 May 13:36

    SWELL FORECAST

    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • SSE
      16 km/h
      3m
    • S
      8 km/h
      2.5m
    • NNE
      12 km/h
      1.7m
    • NE
      17 km/h
      1.5m
    • NE
      26 km/h
      1.4m
    • NNE
      15 km/h
      1.3m
    • NNE
      13 km/h
      1.5m
    • NE
      10 km/h
      1.4m

    Goolwa South issued at Fri, 27 May 17:35

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots, easing to south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the morning, then variable about 10 knots during the afternoon.
    Swell:
    South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
    Seas:
    2 to 3 metres, gradually decreasing to below 1 metres by the evening.
    Weather:
    30% chance of a shower in the early morning. Mostly sunny day.

    UV INDEX

    2



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      00:40
      0.70m
    • high
      03:28
      0.76m
    • low
      07:29
      0.52m
    • high
      16:21
      1.23m

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    Victor Harbor issued at Sat, 28 May 07:57

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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