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West Beach

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
sa0231
Includes Beaches:
west beach (south) west beach (marina) west beach
State/Region:
SA Adelaide
Post Code:
5000
Length:
4.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
glenelg entrance  (1.2km) glenelg  (1.9km) henley  (2.4km) seacliff-glenelg  (3.2km) somerton  (3.3km)

Beach

The beach north of the Patawalonga Creek mouth runs relatively straight for 2 km to the West Beach marina, and another 2.5 km to the Torrens River mouth (Fig. 4.67). The continuous beach is backed by a combination of dunes and seawalls, and fronted by a surf zone contain two shallow bars and troughs. The beach faces west-southwest and receives low winds waves averaging 0.5 m, and higher waves during strong westerly winds. The waves maintain a double bar system, with a unusually attached inner bar, a shallow trough and shallow outer bar. The bars slowly migrate to the north causing the configuration of the beach and surf zone to change over time. Rips occasional cut the inner bar following higher waves, and strong currents can flow in the trough, particularly on a falling tide.

Swimming

The main beach at the surf club offers the best swimming conditions well clear of the breakwaters, groynes and boat traffic to the south. There are occasional water pollution problems on southern West Beach and at the Torrens mouth.

Surfing

Only during strong onshore winds.

Fishing

The training wall, marina breakwater and groyne are all very popular fishing spots.

General

A beach that has been modified by the river entrance walls and new marina, but still offers 2.5km of natural beach and the added protection of the patrolled area.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Other facilities Other facilities
  • Marina Marina
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp

Regulation Symbols

    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 12:04:51

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    9
    Preventative Actions:
    625

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: West Beach 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, 30 Apr 04:00 am

      ADELAIDE AIRPOR (1 km)


      Late showers. Becoming windy.
      13.70 °C
      NNE/17 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
      SatSunMonTueWedThu
      24° 13° 20° 12° 23° 11° 21° 14° 22° 13° 25° 13°

      WATER

      19

      Issued at Fri, 29 Apr 13:36

      SWELL FORECAST

      Saturday
      Sunday
      Monday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • NE
        15 km/h
        0.6m
      • NW
        25 km/h
        0.9m
      • WSW
        30 km/h
        1.8m
      • W
        17 km/h
        0.9m
      • NW
        26 km/h
        1.5m
      • WNW
        39 km/h
        2.5m
      • W
        28 km/h
      • WNW
        20 km/h

      Adelaide issued at Fri, 29 Apr 22:56

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning and to 20 to 25 knots in the evening. Winds turning westerly 20 to 30 knots in the late evening.
      Swell:
      South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
      Seas:
      Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres later in the evening.
      Weather:
      Sunny day. 60% chance of showers in the evening. The chance of a thunderstorm at night.

      UV INDEX

      4



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • low
        02:15
        0.72m
      • high
        07:59
        1.58m
      • low
        13:23
        0.92m
      • high
        20:08
        2.07m

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      Glenelg issued at Sat, 30 Apr 05:47

      WARNINGS

      TODAY'S RADAR

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