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PORTSEA (BACK)

Beach UNPATROLLED PATROLLED UNPATROLLED BEACH TODAY
Beach Number:
vic269
State/Region:
VIC
Post Code:
3944
General Beach Hazard Rating:
8/10 (Highly hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
London Bridge 1 (0.9km) London Bridge 2 (1km) Sorrento Ocean (back) (1.2km) Weroona Bay (portsea) (1.3km) Beach 272 (1.3km)

Beach

Portsea Beach is one of Victoria's most popular and infamous beaches, being the site of regular ironman contests, but also near the spot where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in the surf in 1967. Portsea is a popular summer beach with extensive parking areas in the dunes, all of which provide a good view of the beach, its wide surf zone and many rips and reefs. So take a good look before you go down and enter the surf. The beach is 2.5 km long, with extensive intertidal calcarenite rock platforms and reefs forming the boundaries, together with smaller reefs and rocks outcropping along the beach. It faces the south-west and receives the full force of the south-west waves and westerly winds. The waves average 1.8 m and combine with the finer sand and reefs to produce a 200 m wide surf zone, containing rip dominated inner and outer bars. Rips occur every 300 m along the inner bar, with strong permanent rips against major reefs. One permanent rip to the right of the surf club is known as Huey's Reef. The Portsea Back Beach Road provides good access to the car parks and lookout above the beach, with a steep walk down to the beach and surf lifesaving club. The club was founded in 1949 and averages 143 rescues a year, the highest in Victoria.

Swimming

A popular summer beach, however definitely stay on the bar and between the flags, and clear of the rips, rocks and reefs, particularly at low tide when the rips intensify.

Surfing

A popular surfing spot in summer, when Portsea is overrun with holiday makers. The beach breaks occur over the bars and reefs, with best conditions during low to moderate swell and northerly winds.

Fishing

A popular spot for beach and rock fishing, with deep rip holes a permanent feature, together with rocks and reef along the beach.

General

One of Victoria's better known and most popular summer beaches, however also one of its most potentially hazardous. Best suited for experienced bathers and surfers.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
200

Location

Information Symbols

  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Parking Parking
  • Bus Bus
  • Train Train
  • Passenger ferry Passenger ferry

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

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

If this information is inaccurate, please click on the contact us link and advise.

STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
35
First Aids:
4
Preventative Actions:
2522

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Portsea SLSC Portsea (Lifeguards)

Hazards

Service Providers

  • Portsea SLSC

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  • Portsea (Lifeguards)

    VISIT SITE

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

Today 7° W/6.00 km/h

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GEELONG RACECOU (21 km) issued at Mon 31 Aug 05:00

WATER

11

Issued at Sun, August 30 14:06

SWELL FORECAST

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  • SW
    0.6 m
  • SW
    0.5 m
  • SW
    0.5 m
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    0.5 m
  • SW
    0.5 m

issued at Sun, August 30 16:54

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UV INDEX

4

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • High
    03:21
    0.98m
  • Low
    10:15
    0.24m
  • High
    16:28
    1.03m
  • Low
    22:48
    0.38m
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Geelong issued at Mon, August 31 00:00

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