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

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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

Friday 26, May 8:04 am

Day 19°    Night 9°
10.6°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeast to northwesterly below 10 knots, reaching 10 to 15 knots in the south till early afternoon. Winds becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots throughout late evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

12 am
0.83m
4 am
0.47m
1 pm
1.46m
9 pm
0.57m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 27, May

Day 20°    Night 10°
Showers developing. Possible storm

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots early morning then tending northwesterly in the middle of the day then shifting west to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots in the evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

12 am
0.79m
4 am
0.38m
1 pm
1.50m
10 pm
0.60m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Fri 26, May to Fri 02, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots easing to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres south of Port Vincent to Brighton.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Fri 26th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 27th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sun 28th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Mon 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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