Goolwa-middleton - Beach in Goolwa South Alexandrina SA - SLS Beachsafe

Goolwa-middleton SA

The Murray Mouth produces a small but significant break in the long Coorong beach. On the north side of the mouth is an 11 km long beach and dune system backed by the Goolwa channel, and known as the Sir Richard Peninsula. The town of Goolwa is located at the western... Read more

The Murray Mouth produces a small but significant break in the long Coorong beach. On the north side of the mouth is an 11 km long beach and dune system backed by the Goolwa channel, and known as the Sir Richard Peninsula. The town of Goolwa is located at the western end of the channel. Goolwa beach (149A) begins at the mouth and runs for 11 km to Goolwa Beach then another 6 km as Surfers (149B) and Middleton beaches (149C), where it is backed by 10 m high bluffs. The beach finally terminating against the rocks of Middleton Point. But for Murray Mouth (which occasionally closes) the entire beach system from Cape Jaffa to Middleton is 194 km in length.

Swimming

These are three of the most hazardous beaches in South Australia owing to the persistent high waves. However because of the very wide surf zone, it is moderately safe to swim in the inner surf zone on the bar. Do not however swim beyond the first line of breakers as strong currents occupy the trough between the bars.

Surfing

Middleton is the more popular spots owing to the easier access across the wide surf one using the permanent rip which runs out past Middleton Point. There are numerous breaks both along and across this wide surf zone, with best conditions during moderate swell and northerly winds.

Fishing

Most beach fishers head for Murray Mouth and the beach east of Goolwa. There is also rock fishing at Middleton Point.

General

Goolwa is the most popular surfing beach south of Adelaide and attracts large crowds in summer. However take care if swimming here as it is potentially hazardous.

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Information

About

Goolwa South, SA 5214

Includes beaches:
Goolwa, Surfers, Middleton

Length:
16.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
8/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0149

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Other facilities

Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep 2:51 am

Day 22°    Night 7°
8.5°C
Possible shower

Water Temperature  15°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots easing to 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon and shifting westerly around 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower south of Port Vincent to Brighton.

Tide

3 am
1.12m
8 am
0.59m
2 pm
0.83m
8 pm
0.34m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 27, Sep

Day 20°    Night 11°
Possible shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northwesterly early in the morning then tending west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide

3 am
1.06m
9 am
0.66m
1 pm
0.77m
8 pm
0.39m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 3:10 pm


Weather

Tue 26, Sep to Tue 03, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending south to southwesterly about 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Tue 26th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:10 pm
Wed 27th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 3:10 pm
Thu 28th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:10 pm
Fri 29th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:10 pm

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.

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