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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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

Goolwa SLSC

Mon

20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

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26/02

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12:00 - 17:00

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Goolwa Lifeguards

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

Thursday 23, Feb 2:59 am

Day 22°    Night 15°
18.5°C
Possible morning shower

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the morning. Winds turning southwest to southeasterly during the afternoon and evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

12 am
1.00m
8 am
0.42m
2 pm
0.55m
5 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 24, Feb

Day 21°    Night 14°
Cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, with afternoon coastal sea breezes reaching 25 knots north of Port Vincent to Brighton.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: breezes reaching 25 knots north of Port Vincent to Brighton.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

1 am
1.08m
8 am
0.40m
1 pm
0.60m
6 pm
0.47m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm


Weather

Thu 23, Feb to Thu 02, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning and turning southerly 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon, with afternoon coastal sea breezes reaching 25 knots north of Port Vincent to Brighton.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: breezes reaching 25 knots north of Port Vincent to Brighton.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Thu 23rd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:20 pm
Fri 24th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 25th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sun 26th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:20 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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