Western River Cove (east) - Beach in Western River Kangaroo Island SA - SLS Beachsafe

Western River Cove (east) SA

Western River Cove is one of the nicer beaches on the entire island, and well worth the winding drive out to the coast. The 200 m wide, north facing cove is accessible by car, with a car park and picnic area located behind the beach. A foot bridge crosses the... Read more

Western River Cove is one of the nicer beaches on the entire island, and well worth the winding drive out to the coast. The 200 m wide, north facing cove is accessible by car, with a car park and picnic area located behind the beach. A foot bridge crosses the creek to the backing dunes and a track runs along the western rocks to the point. The cove contains two beaches. The main beach (KI-163) is a 160 m long, north facing sand beach, backed by dunes extending 150 m inland over the valley flats. The small river flows down the eastern side of the beach, while the beach itself is moderately steep, with a narrow continuous bar (Fig. 5.30). Boats moor in the cove at times and use the beach to land their dinghies. On the eastern side of the cove is a 50 m long boulder beach (KI-164), bordered and fronted by rock platforms and bedrock reefs.

Swimming

Western River Cove is usually relatively safe under normal low waves, while the boulder beaches are unsuitable for swimming.

Surfing

Usually too small.

Fishing

Good fishing off the rocks around all three beaches.

General

A small beach and cove well worth visiting for a picnic, a swim or to fish.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Western River, SA 5223

Includes beaches:
Castle Gully (west), Castle Gully (east), Valley Creek, Western River Cove, Pebbly Beach, Snellings Beach, Ki-167, Ki-168, Ki-169

Length:
0.05km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 saKI164

Nearby beaches

Weather

Monday 10, Dec 1:53 am

Day 22°    Night 10°
13.5°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloud clearing.

Tide

3 am
1.24m
11 am
0.38m
3 pm
0.57m
9 pm
0.23m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Tuesday 11, Dec

Day 31°    Night 10°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots late morning then becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the far west.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

4 am
1.23m
11 am
0.37m
4 pm
0.57m
9 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Mon 10, Dec to Mon 17, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the far west.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres.
Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide


UV

Mon 10th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm
Tue 11th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm
Wed 12th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm
Thu 13th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm

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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