- Beach Number:
- VIC - Dromana
- Post Code:
- General Beach Hazard Rating:
- 2/10 ( Least hazardous)
Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Dromana and Safety Beaches occupy the eastern 6 km of the 18 km long Rye to Point Martha Beach. Both beaches are backed by a continuous foreshore reserve, the Nepean Highway and Marine Drive. The reserve contains numerous facilities including the Dromana Camping Reserve, the Dromana Pier; and at Safety Beach, a launching ramp and sailing club.
Three kilometre long Dromana Beach faces north-west, while the 2.7 km long Safety Beach swings around to finally face west in lee of Martha Point. These beaches are more exposed to westerly winds and wind waves than the beaches to the west. Consequently, the high storm waves have steepened the nearshore. As a result, the sand flats that reach 1 km wide off Rosebud progressively narrow to 300 m at Dromana Pier, and 100 m at Safety Beach. Furthermore, the higher waves produce a double bar system at Safety Beach, characterised by alternating bars and rips every 200 m.
Relatively safe during calms and low wind waves, however Safety Beach in particular will have higher waves and rips during strong winds.
Wind waves can reach 1 m or more at Safety Beach during strong westerlies, otherwise it is usually flat.
Best off the 200 m long Dromana Pier or the rocks at Martha Point.
Another very accessible beach, with a foreshore reserve with numerous facilities and a slightly more energetic surf. A Tourist Information Centre is located on Marine Drive just west of the pier.
- Formal parking area