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Broken Head

UNPATROLLED BEACH
Beach Number:
vic446
Includes Beaches:
Broken Head
State/Region:
VIC - Port Campbell
Post Code:
3269
General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
30

Location

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  • 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.

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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

Today 12° wind ENE/4 km/h

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CAPE OTWAY AWS (46 km) issued at Sat 22 Nov 03:30 (EST)

WATER

15

Issued at Fri, November 21 13:00

SWELL FORECAST

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Saturday
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  • SW
    1.5 m
  • SW
    1.7 m
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    1.8 m
  • SW
    1.5 m
  • WSW
    1.3 m

Port Campbell issued at Thu, November 20 23:00 (EST)

UV INDEX

10

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • High
    0:04
    2.15m
  • Low
    5:56
    1.24m
  • High
    11:53
    1.89m
  • Low
    17:46
    0.70m
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Lorne issued at Sat, November 22 00:00 (Local Time)

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