The main beach access is at Goolwa Beach (149A), 11 km northwest of the mouth (Fig. 4.31). The road runs straight out to the beach where there is a large car park, toilets and a kiosk. There is also 4WD access to the beach out to Murray Mouth. The other two access point are to the west through the Surfers subdivision, and the Middleton subdivision, both spots providing car access to the low bluffs overlooking the long beach and wide surf zone (149B & 149C) (Fig. 4.32).
The entire beach is composed of fine sand and exposed to wave averaging over 2 m. These break across a 500 m wide double bar surf zone, characterised by numerous spilling breakers and substantial wave set-up and set-down at the shoreline, and during lower waves conditions widely spaced rips. At Middleton a strong permanent rip runs out against the rocks.
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.