Bales Beach (1) - Beach in Seal Bay Kangaroo Island SA - SLS Beachsafe

Bales Beach (1)

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Bales Beach is one of the few accessible surfing beaches along the south coast of the island. It is located just 1 km off the Seal Beach Road and has a small car park providing access to the main beach (KI-95) but no other facilities. Extending east of the main... Read more

Bales Beach is one of the few accessible surfing beaches along the south coast of the island. It is located just 1 km off the Seal Beach Road and has a small car park providing access to the main beach (KI-95) but no other facilities. Extending east of the main beach are two additional sandy beaches, each bordered by prominent headlands.Bales Beach (1) (KI-93) lies 3 km east of the car park. It is a semi-circular shaped, 850 m long, low energy beach, bordered by prominent headlands protruding 300 m seaward, with reefs occupying much of the semi-enclosed bay, lowering waves at the shore to less than 1 m. These maintain a moderately steep reflective beach, with no bar or surf at the shore. Waves do however break on reefs in the bay and a permanent rip runs out against the western headland. Both active and stable dunes back the beach.

Swimming

The main Bales Beach (3) is an accessible and frequently visited beach. However if you stop here to swim, be very careful as deep rip holes and strong rips dominate. The best location is the rock pool on the inner platform directly in front of the car park, otherwise use the inner part of the surf zone, clear of the rips.

Surfing

Both beach and reef breaks occur along the beach, however beware of the strong rips.

Fishing

A very accessible and popular spot for both beach and rock fishing.

General

Many visitors to Seal Bay also drive out and view Bales Beach. It is still a little used beach, which must be approached with extreme caution if swimming.

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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
12 / 11

Hazards

Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents
Tuesday, 26 Jan 5:52

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.


Seal Bay, SA 5223
Includes beaches: Cape Gantheaume (west 7), Cape Gantheaume (west 8), Cape Gantheaume (west 9), Bales Beach (2), Bales Beach (3), Bales Beach-seal Bay (1), Bales Beach-seal Bay (2), Bales Beach-seal Bay (3), Bales Beach-seal Bay (4)
Length: 0.85km
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: saKI093
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Beach at capacity
Restrictions apply
No access to beach
Beach nearing capacity
Access may be restricted
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