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

Information Symbols

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

Weather

Tuesday 20, Nov 3:02 am

Day 18°    Night 13°
16.4°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  16°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots, easing to 15 to 20 knots early morning, and to 10 to 15 knots late morning, tending west to northwesterly in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Port MacDonnell in the early morning.

Tide

12 am
0.92m
6 am
0.65m
6 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

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


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Wednesday 21, Nov

Day 16°    Night 10°
Showers. Becoming windy

Wind


Wind: Northwest to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming northeast to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during morning then tending northeast to southeasterly in the early evening then southeast to southwesterly late evening. Winds reaching 20 to 30 knots north of Beachport from late morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning. Possible small hail in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

12 am
1.01m
6 am
0.58m
12 pm
0.86m
6 pm
0.39m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:40 pm


Weather

Tue 20, Nov to Tue 27, Nov


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 20 to 30 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Possible small hail.

Tide


UV

Tue 20th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:50 pm
Wed 21st 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 4:40 pm
Thu 22nd 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 4:50 pm
Fri 23rd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:00 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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