Christmas Cove - Beach in Penneshaw Kangaroo Island SA - SLS Beachsafe

Christmas Cove

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Christmas Cove (KI-46), on the western side of the town, has been converted into a small boat harbour through the construction of two small harbour walls and a dredged basin (Fig. 5.7). The 300 m long high tide beach curves around the shore of the very protected, almost circular bay,... Read more

Christmas Cove (KI-46), on the western side of the town, has been converted into a small boat harbour through the construction of two small harbour walls and a dredged basin (Fig. 5.7). The 300 m long high tide beach curves around the shore of the very protected, almost circular bay, surrounded by 20 m high bluffs. The bay was originally filled with the fronting sand flats, the western side of which have been dredged for a boat ramp and moorings. The cove is an important geological site, with Palaeozoic glacial erratics lying on the beach.

Swimming

Christmas Cove is unsuitable for swimming, owing to the shallow sand flats and boat traffic. Hog Bay is usually a safe beach, so long as you stay on the bar. Strong tidal currents are encountered on the outer perimeter of the bay.

Surfing

Waves are usually too low to surf, with rideable waves only occurring during big swell and strong northerly winds.

Fishing

The jetty is the most popular fishing spot, together with the rocks at high tide.

General

An attractive and relatively safe beach at the main entrance to Kangaroo Island; the island’s most popular and most visited beach.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
13°C
Water
17°C
UV Rating
3 / 11

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Formal parking area
Drinking water
Other facilities
Unspecified
Boat ramp
Saturday, 15 May 9:16

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.


Penneshaw, SA 5222
Includes beaches: American Beach (2), American Beach (3), American Beach (4), American Beach (5), Congony Beach, Kangaroo Head, Hog Bay, Beach Ki-48, Alex Lookout (south)
Length: 0.3km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: saKI046
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