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PORTSEA (BACK)

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
vic269
State/Region:
VIC Portsea
Post Code:
3944
Length:
2.5km
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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Bus Bus
  • Train Train
  • Passenger ferry Passenger ferry

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 12:04:54

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2015 - June 2016

    Rescues:
    12
    First Aids:
    16
    Preventative Actions:
    831

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

    Mon, 02 May 03:00 pm

    GEELONG RACECOU (21 km)


    Windy. Mostly sunny.
    18.60 °C
    NNW/32 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
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    20° 11° 19° 14° 18° 13° 21° 15° 19° 15° 20° 15°

    WATER

    18

    Issued at Sun, 01 May 14:03

    SWELL FORECAST

    Monday
    Tuesday
    Wednesday
    Thursday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • NW
      40 km/h
      2.3m
    • NNW
      44 km/h
      2.3m
    • NNW
      42 km/h
      2.6m
    • WNW
      40 km/h
      3.3m
    • WNW
      35 km/h
      3.2m
    • NW
      27 km/h
      2.6m
    • W
      34 km/h
      2.3m
    • S
      39 km/h
      2.1m

    Portsea issued at Mon, 02 May 00:17

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Westerly 15 to 20 knots turning northwesterly 25 to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds reaching up to 35 knots offshore during the afternoon and evening.
    Swell:
    Westerly 3 metres.
    Seas:
    2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

    UV INDEX

    3



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      00:36
      0.46m
    • high
      06:58
      0.82m
    • low
      12:39
      0.31m
    • high
      19:50
      0.90m

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    West Channel Wedge Light issued at Mon, 02 May 15:55

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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