On the south side of The Knob is a relatively straight 3 km long beach (622) that runs down toward a protruding bluff. The Port Gibbon road runs along the back of the beach with several beach, then bluff top car parks. The south facing beach receives periodic higher waves, which... Read more
On the south side of The Knob is a relatively straight 3 km long beach (622) that runs down toward a protruding bluff. The Port Gibbon road runs along the back of the beach with several beach, then bluff top car parks. The south facing beach receives periodic higher waves, which toward the Knob end can produce a series of small rips and an outer bar (Fig.4.112). Further down the beach, waves decrease and the bar is attached to the shore. On the south side of the bluff, the Port Gibbon beach (623) continues on for another 1.4 km to the port and small jetty. This beach is backed by 10 m high red bluffs composed of Pleistocene alluvium, with the small port settlement sitting on the bluffs overlooking the relatively sheltered beach, which is often covered with seagrass debris (Fig. 4.113).
These are relatively safe beaches under normal low wave conditions. However be aware of the strong tidal currents off Point Germein and Observation Point, and, during higher waves, the rips along the eastern Port Gibbon beach.
This is the first spot for occasional surf on the western gulf shore.
The deeper waters of Port Franklin and off some of the beaches, together with the Port Gibbon jetty, provide a range of shore-based fishing locations.
This is the beginning of the more exposed gulf shore and beaches, and is also the first section normally seen by travellers reaching the coast at Cowell and taking the detour out to Port Gibbon.Read less
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.