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WARRNAMBOOL

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
vic500
State/Region:
VIC Warrnambool
Post Code:
3280
Length:
3.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
merri  (1.2km) logans  (2km) beach 502  (2.1km) shelly  (2.5km) beach 498  (4.8km)

Beach

Warrnambool is the largest coastal town in western Victoria. The city has a population of 25 000 and is also a very popular holiday destination. The entire western foreshore is given over to recreation, with extensive parks, lakes, caravan parks and additional facilities.The beach fronts the foreshore reserve and forms the shoreline of Lady Bay. It is 3.5 km long and faces south, but swings around to face east in lee of Middle Island and the harbour breakwater. Since breakwater construction began in the 1850s, the western end of the beach has built out a few hundred metres. To the east of the surf lifesaving club, the beach is backed by grass covered sand dunes.Today the beach extends from Point Ritchie in the east to the western breakwater. Due to the change in orientation and degree of protection, wave height is low at the breakwater averaging less than 0.5 m. This increases to about 1.3 m at the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club and over 1.5 m at Point Ritchie. Likewise the beach adjusts to this change in wave height, with a narrow, continuous bar near the breakwater. The first rips occur near the surf club, and these increase in size and intensity toward Point Ritchie.The Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, one of the oldest in Victoria, was formed in 1930, and averages 10 rescues a year.

Swimming

A moderately safe beach at the surf club and toward the breakwater, where waves are usually lower, rips less common and the bar wide and shallow. Do not bathe further up the beach as waves and rip currents intensify. Stay in the patrolled area between the flags. Best in the morning, as afternoon westerly winds can intensify the waves and rips.

Surfing

Best up the beach where the waves are more consistent, the most popular spot being The Flume, where some rock and reef in the surf generate a more reliable break. There is a car park here and a short walk across the dunes that provides good access. Toward Point Ritchie is a reef break called Granny's, while in front of the caravan park is a beach break called Maginines. In addition, there are several beach breaks along the beach.

Fishing

The breakwater is very popular, with a boat ramp for offshore fishers. The best beach fishing is up the beach where the rip holes and gutters are more prevalent.

General

Warrnambool and its beach offer everything for the holiday maker, bather, surfer and fisher, with a range in waves, beach type and fishing locations. As a result, this is a very popular summer holiday destination.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Pool Pool
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Shops Shops
  • Public phone Public phone
  • Park Park
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Shelters Shelters
  • Playground Playground
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Dressing shed Dressing shed
  • Showers Showers
  • Bus Bus
  • Train Train
  • Passenger ferry Passenger ferry
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp

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 12:04:52

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    There is no beach service this week.

    STATISTICS

    July 2016 - June 2017

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    0
    Preventative Actions:
    0

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

    Thu, 28 Jul 06:00 am

    WARRNAMBOOL AWS (8 km)


    Shower or two.
    9.10 °C
    NW/26 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    14° 15° 10° 15° 16° 14° 12°

    WATER

    14

    Issued at Wed, 27 Jul 14:02

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • WNW
      20 km/h
      3.5m
    • WNW
      24 km/h
      3m
    • WNW
      23 km/h
      2.8m
    • WNW
      16 km/h
      2.7m
    • SSW
      14 km/h
      2.8m
    • N
      26 km/h
      2.8m
    • WNW
      20 km/h
      2.6m
    • WSW
      14 km/h
      2.1m

    Warrnambool issued at Wed, 27 Jul 21:43

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Westerly 20 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots at times.
    Swell:
    Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres around midday.
    Seas:
    2 to 3 metres.
    Weather:
    Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

    UV INDEX

    2



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • high
      05:18
      0.96m
    • low
      09:31
      0.85m
    • high
      15:16
      1.06m
    • low
      22:48
      0.57m

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    Port Fairy issued at Thu, 28 Jul 07:03

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    TODAY'S RADAR

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