- Beach Number:
- VIC - Rosebud
- Post Code:
- General Beach Hazard Rating:
- 1/10 ( Least hazardous)
Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Rosebud Life Saving Club is located 2 km east of the Rosebud Pier. It is readily accessible off Marine Parade and has a car park near the beach and lifesaving club. The club was founded in 1962. The entire 9 km long Rosebud Beach is backed by a 100 m wide foreshore reserve. The reserve contains numerous facilities including the 300 m long Rosebud Jetty, a boat ramp, swimming pool and camping area. The beach faces north-west, exposing it to westerly winds and waves, making it more suitable under easterly or calm conditions. The beach is 10 to 20 m wide, with a moderate slope to the shoreline. Irregular, shallow sand flats extend for up to 1 km off the beach.
Periodic wind waves have built a highly rhythmic beach, fronted by a 60 m wide inner bar. The bar attaches on the beach protrusions, with usually deeper rip holes and troughs in the embayments. Currents are only present when waves are breaking on the bar. Periods of higher waves will change the bar and rip configuration. Seaward of the shallow inner bar is a 1 km wide, deeper sand flat, that only drops off into deeper bay water at its outer edge. Depth on this bar depends on the tide height.
Movement of the shoreline protrusions, and subsequent beach erosion, has caused the council to respond by building a series of wooden groynes across the beach and onto the inner bar. There is also a low seawall along the car park and in front of the lifesaving club.
A safe beach under low waves and calm conditions, apart from the change in water depth associated with the shoreline protrusions. Keep a watch on young children, particularly at high tide. Waves greater than 0.5 m will generate currents in the rip holes and gutters.
The jetty is the most popular location, with little activity off the beach.
The only patrolled section of the long Rye-Rosebud-Dromana beach. It is usually not as crowded as the popular pier section.
- Formal parking area