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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.
Beach Length: 0.15km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
Passenger ferry




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