Vivonne Bay - Beach in Vivonne Bay Kangaroo Island SA - SLS Beachsafe

Vivonne Bay SA

Vivonne Bay beach (KI-111) is one of the most popular surfing beaches on the south coast. The small fishing and holiday settlement of Vivonne Bay backs both the beach and western headland shore behind the jetty, together with a store on the South Coast Road 1.5 km to the north.... Read more

Vivonne Bay beach (KI-111) is one of the most popular surfing beaches on the south coast. The small fishing and holiday settlement of Vivonne Bay backs both the beach and western headland shore behind the jetty, together with a store on the South Coast Road 1.5 km to the north. The 5 km long white sand beach begins in the east as a high energy double bar system (Fig. 5.20), before passing the usually closed mouth of the Eleanor River, beyond which wave height decreases, but calcarenite outcrops on the beach and in the surf. At the main beach car park, the surf has a single continuous bar cut by rips every 200 to 300 m. The rips generally disappear at the usually closed Harriet River mouth, as waves decrease to less than 1 m, and a continuous narrow bar continues on to a low bluff, which separates it from the jetty beach. There is access to the beach from the main car park and from the western side of the Harriet River, where there is also a camping area with basic facilities.

Swimming

The best swimming is west of the main car park and along the western jetty beach, where waves are usually less than 1 m and rips absent. Be careful, however, as rips can extend to the Harriet River mouth when waves exceed 1 m at the beach. The beaches east of the car park are exposed and dominated by reefs and rips and are unsuitable for swimming.

Surfing

This is one of the better beach breaks on the island and a very popular spot, particularly out in front of the car park. During big swell there is a right running along the north end of the jetty beach, as well as a fullish right on the tip of Ellen Point.

Fishing

The jetty is the most popular spot, however there is also excellent beach fishing into the rip holes.

General

The largest and most accessible bay and beach on the south coast, offering basic facilities for tourists and visitors and the best beach for swimming and surfing.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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.

Information

About

Vivonne Bay, SA 5223

Includes beaches:
Vivonne Bay (east 1), Vivonne Bay Jetty, Point Ellen (west 1), Point Ellen (west 2), Point Ellen (west 3), Point Ellen (west 4), Cape Kersaint (west 1), Cape Kersaint (west 2), Cape Kersaint (west 3)

Length:
5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 saKI111

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Camping
  • Toilets
  • Caravan park
  • Drinking water
  • Other facilities

Marine Warnings

Sun, 26 May 16:21
Marine Wind Warning Summary for South Australia

Sun, 26 May 16:13
Warning to Sheep Graziers


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.

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