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BROKEN HEAD

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
vic446
State/Region:
VIC Port Campbell
Post Code:
3269
Length:
0.15km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
sherbrook creek  (0.2km) rutledge creek  (0.5km) loch ard gorge  (0.8km) bridge island  (0.9km) beach 443  (1.4km)

Beach

Broken Head is the most seaward protruding of the limestone headlands along this section of coast. It is a good place to view the coast and surf. On the western side of the head are a car park and toilets. Broken Head Beach is located immediately below the car park. Sherbrook Creek flows out on the western side of the car park, with the beach usually blocking the creek. Rutledge Creek Beach is located just around the next bluff and is accessible directly from the Great Ocean Road. A parking area is located above the western end of the beach.The three beaches all face south-west and are backed by 10 to 20 m high cliffs. In addition, there is a small dune area behind Sherbrook Creek Beach. The beaches are composed of medium sand and are consequently steep. Broken Head Beach is 150 m long and slightly more protected, with waves averaging less than 1 m. This usually results in a steep beach with no bar, a heavy shorebreak and deep water off the beach. Sherbrook Creek Beach is more exposed and has a steep beach slope, with a single, often detached bar and a permanent rip off the beach. Rutledge Creek Beach is similar, with a single bar and permanent rip.

Swimming

Sherbrook and Rutledge Creek Beaches are dominated by higher waves and rips and should be avoided. Broken Head Beach is the most accessible and has lower waves, however there can be a heavy shorebreak and currents off the beach. Take care if bathing on any of these beaches.

Surfing

There are beach breaks over the bars and reefs off Sherbrook and Rutledge.

Fishing

There is deep water off all three beaches as well as rip holes at Sherbrook and Rutledge that can be fished from the beach. In addition, Broken Head is used for cliff-top fishing.

General

These are three reasonably accessible beaches, with parking and toilets at Broken Head.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • 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 12:05:20

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    Hazards

    • Sharks Sharks

    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

      Fri, 30 Sep 04:00 am

      CAPE OTWAY AWS (29 km)


      Showers easing.
      10.30 °C
      E/17 km/h
      Wind

      Weather information
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      15° 15° 20° 10° 14° 15° 16°

      WATER

      14

      Issued at Thu, 29 Sep 14:24

      SWELL FORECAST

      Friday
      Saturday
      Sunday
      Monday
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • AM
      • PM
      • SSE
        10 km/h
        2.5m
      • WSW
        14 km/h
        2.5m
      • WNW
        27 km/h
        2.5m
      • WSW
        22 km/h
        2.4m
      • ESE
        25 km/h
        1.6m
      • SW
        20 km/h
        1.7m
      • NW
        22 km/h
        2.8m
      • WNW
        33 km/h
        4.8m
      • NW
        29 km/h

      Port Campbell issued at Thu, 29 Sep 17:58

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      Today's Swell Description
      Wind:
      Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly during the morning then tending westerly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon. West to northwesterly winds increasing to 15 to 25 knots during the evening and reaching up to 30 knots in the far west at night.
      Swell:
      Westerly 3 to 4 metres, tending southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
      Seas:
      Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres by early evening.
      Weather:
      Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm inshore in the afternoon.

      UV INDEX

      6



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      TODAY'S TIDE

      • low
        04:19
        0.83m
      • high
        11:01
        1.70m
      • low
        17:04
        0.90m
      • high
        23:25
        1.70m

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      Apollo Bay issued at Fri, 30 Sep 04:38

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      TODAY'S RADAR

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