Kings Camp - Beach in Cape Jaffa Kingston SA - SLS Beachsafe

Kings Camp SA

Kings Camp is a small fishing community located 1 km east of Cape Jaffa. A small jetty services the fishing fleet which lies at anchor off the beach. There is also a store and caravan park. A reserve and road backs the beach providing beach parking and access. The first 6 km... Read more

Kings Camp is a small fishing community located 1 km east of Cape Jaffa. A small jetty services the fishing fleet which lies at anchor off the beach. There is also a store and caravan park. A reserve and road backs the beach providing beach parking and access. The first 6 km of beach (148A) is low, narrow, faces north, and is usually covered in seagrass. Ocean waves are usually negligible, with only local wind waves washing against the shore. Breaking waves and currents are usually absent and only during large seas do low ocean waves reach the beach. The beach slowly curves round to face northwest at the northern end, and is backed by low spits and recurved spits, which grade seaward into beach-foredune ridges. At the northern end there are up to 40 Holocene ridges across a 1 km wide ridge plain, indicating the extent of shoreline progradation over the past 6 000 years.

Swimming

Swimming conditions range from relatively safe along the Lacapede Bay beaches, to moderately safe up to The Granites, and then increasingly hazardous as the higher energy beaches north of The Granites are encountered. The biggest problems are large scale rips in the inner surf zone spaced approximately every 500 m, strong set-up and set-down which produced strong seaward flowing currents, and the big surf. Always be very careful if entering the surf anywhere north of Blackford Drain.

Surfing

There is 160 km of beach breaks along The Coorong, it’s just a matter of driving along until you see a break that suits you. The better waves break on the outer bar which can mean a 400 to 500 m paddle. So its best to be fit and surf with friends.

Fishing

The Coorong is a very popular beach for fishing, with the majority of the 4WD vehicles belonging to fishers. During summer and weekends they set up many camps along the beach.

General

Australia’s longest beach, which grades from no waves to one of the world’s highest energy beaches. It is a spectacular beach backed by extensive dune north of The Granites, very accessible by 4WD, and with many kilometres of beach camping. However outside of Kings Camp and Kingston SE there are no facilities, apart from the camp sites.

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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

Cape Jaffa, SA 5275

Includes beaches:
The Coorong, Lacapede Bay, Wyomi, Kingston Se, Long Beach (south), The Granites, Long Beach (north), 28-32 Mile Crossing, 32-42 Mile Crossing, 42 Mile-tea Tree Crossing, Tea Tree-murray Mouth

Length:
6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0148A

Nearby beaches

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  • Formal parking area
  • Camping
  • Toilets
  • Caravan park
  • Drinking water
  • Jetty
  • Boat ramp

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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