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Clifton Beach

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
tas0408
Includes Beaches:
Clifton Beach
State/Region:
TAS - Clifton Beach
Post Code:
7020
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach

Clifton Beach (T 408) is a popular surfing beach located about 25 km southeast of Hobart. The Clifton Beach Road runs to the western end of the beach, providing access to the growing community and the Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which was established in 1963. The entire beach is backed by a coastal reserve, which incorporates coastal dunes behind the central and eastern part of the beach (Fig. 4.72). The now vegetated dunes have transgressed up to 300 m inland rising to more than 20 m, with dense vegetation behind, then the shallow southern shores of circular Pipe Clay Lagoon. The beach is bordered by 54 m high Cape Deslacs in the east and 50 m high rocky cliffs in the west that run south for 3.5 km rising to 100 m high at Cape Contrariety.

The beach is 2.1 km long and faces south-southeast into Storm Bay exposing it to all southerly swell (Fig. 4.73). Waves average 1-1.5 m and maintain a moderately steep beach fronted by a continuous bar which is cut by rips every 200 m during and following high waves, with permanent rips against the rocks at each end.

Swimming

Swimming: Clifton can be a hazardous beach, particularly when waves exceed 1 m and rips are present. The safest swimming is toward the western end in the patrolled area. Stay clear of the rocks and avoid the rips.

Surfing

Surfing: Clifton picks up any south swell and will always produce a series of beach breaks, which work best up to 2 m. The southern breaks are accessible from the surf life saving club car park, while to access the northern end of the beach requires a trek over the dunes. Cape Contrariety and Cape Direction mark the southern boundaries of the South Arm peninsula, which separates Frederick Henry Bay from the entrance to the Derwent. River. The 10 km of predominantly sandy shoreline between the two capes face south into Storm Bay and are the highest energy section of coast within the bay. Five moderate energy beaches (T 409-413) are located between the two capes.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Dirt/sand
Spaces:
300
Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
50

Location

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  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Parking Parking

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.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 15/12 Tue 16/12 Wed 17/12 Thu 18/12 Fri 19/12 Sat 20/12 Sun 21/12
Clifton Beach SLSC
          09:30
- 15:30
09:30
- 15:30
Clifton Beach Tas (Lifeguards)
10:00
- 17:00
10:00
- 17:00
10:00
- 17:00
10:00
- 17:00
10:00
- 17:00
   

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
0
Preventative Actions:
0

The following organisations contribute to the above totals:

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

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18°11° 20° 25°12° 24°15° 22°14° 23°15°

HOBART (20 km) issued at (EST)

WATER

16

Issued at Fri, December 19 13:00

SWELL FORECAST

Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • ENE
    0.7 m
  • ENE
    0.7 m
  • E
    0.9 m
  • E
    0.7 m
  • E
    0.5 m

2 km from Clifton Beach issued at Thu, December 18 23:00 (EST)

UV INDEX

10

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TODAY'S TIDE

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Hobart issued at Thu, December 11 00:00 (Local Time)

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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