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Clifton Beach

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
tas0408
State/Region:
TAS Clifton Beach
Post Code:
7020
Length:
2.1km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
cape deslacs (n)  (0.9km) pipe clay point (s)  (1.8km) smugglers cove  (2km) cremorne beach  (2.2km) cape contrariety  (2.4km)

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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Other facilities Other facilities
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage

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.

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 08/02 Tue 09/02 Wed 10/02 Thu 11/02 Fri 12/02 Sat 13/02 Sun 14/02
    Clifton Beach SLSC
    09:30
    -
    15:30
    09:30
    -
    15:30

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    2
    First Aids:
    5
    Preventative Actions:
    29

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Clifton Beach SLSC Clifton Beach Tas (Lifeguards)

    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

    Wed, 10 Feb 09:00 am

    DENNES POINT (10 km)


    Possible showers.
    18.10 °C
    N/11 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    WedThuFriSatSunMon
    23° 15° 21° 15° 23° 15° 23° 16° 19° 14° 20° 15°

    WATER

    18

    Issued at Tue, 09 Feb 15:01

    SWELL FORECAST

    Wednesday
    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • W
      14 km/h
      1.1m
    • ESE
      18 km/h
      1.1m
    • WSW
      17 km/h
      0.8m
    • S
      25 km/h
      0.9m
    • E
      8 km/h
      0.8m
    • E
      26 km/h
      0.8m
    • S
      11 km/h
      0.8m
    • S
      14 km/h
      0.8m

    Clifton Beach issued at Tue, 09 Feb 18:37

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Westerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore early in the morning and again in the late evening. Winds inshore becoming variable 5 to 15 knots around midday.
    Swell:
    Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
    Seas:
    1 to 2 metres.
    Weather:
    Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

    UV INDEX

    9



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • Low
      03:30
      0.77m
    • High
      09:52
      1.37m
    • Low
      17:07
      0.33m
    • High
      23:37
      1.11m

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    Hobart issued at Wed, 10 Feb 00:00

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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