Snellings Beach - Beach in Middle River Kangaroo Island SA - SLS Beachsafe

Snellings Beach

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Snellings Beach (KI-166) is the most visible and most popular on the north coast. The North Coast Road runs right past the western end of the beach, providing parking and beach access, while a lookout on the road provides an excellent view of the entire beach (Fig. 5.31). The 660... Read more

Snellings Beach (KI-166) is the most visible and most popular on the north coast. The North Coast Road runs right past the western end of the beach, providing parking and beach access, while a lookout on the road provides an excellent view of the entire beach (Fig. 5.31). The 660 m long, northwest facing beach receives waves averaging over 1 m, which maintain a 100 m wide surf zone dominated by four beach rips and permanent rips against the rocks at each end. The waves tend to increase in height toward the western end, increasing the rip intensity. A 10 m high foredune backs the beach, with the Middle River meandering through the backing floodplain and exiting across the northern end of the beach. There is a barbeque, water and toilet at the beach but no other facilities.

Swimming

Snellings Beach is a popular summer beach for swimming and surfing. It is moderately safe under normal low waves, however strong rips develop when waves exceed 1 m, particularly along the central and western section of the beach.

Surfing

Usually a low beach break at Snellings.

Fishing

Both beaches have good holes off the rock platforms, with rip holes also along Snellings.

General

Snellings is highly visible and easily accessible and is a popular stopping spot for day-trippers and surfers.

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
15°C
Water
19°C
UV Rating
6 / 11

Hazards

Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Drinking water
Boat ramp
Friday, 3 Apr 6:30

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.


Middle River, SA 5223
Includes beaches: Castle Gully (west), Castle Gully (east), Valley Creek, Western River Cove, Western River Cove (east), Pebbly Beach, Ki-167, Ki-168, Ki-169
Length: 0.66km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: saKI166