Kingston SE is the only town on the beach and offers most services. It is the site of Port Caroline, a stretch of open beach with a 300 m long jetty to service the fishing fleet (Figs. 4.24 & 4.25). The road from Wyomi Beach parallels most of the 7 km long... Read more
Kingston SE is the only town on the beach and offers most services. It is the site of Port Caroline, a stretch of open beach with a 300 m long jetty to service the fishing fleet (Figs. 4.24 & 4.25). The road from Wyomi Beach parallels most of the 7 km long beach (148D) with a 50 to 100 m wide grassy foreshore reserve between the road and the beach. The beach faces west-northwest and usually has waves less than 0.5 m, and low currents. However seagrass debris is a major problem and can be over a metre deep on the beach. Maria Creek (named after the tragic shipwreck) cross the beach 400 m north of the jetty. Its mouth has been trained by two 150 m long rock walls, in an attempt to form a harbour entrance. This creek, together with Butchers Gap and Blackford drains are the only streams crossing the entire Coorong beach. The fact that a jetty can be built on this west facing section of coast is owing to the extensive shallow reefs that between Kingston and Cape Jaffa extend up to 10 km offshore and lower ocean waves to essential zero.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read less
Wind: Northerly 25 to 30 knots, tending northwesterly and increasing to 25 to 35 knots during the afternoon. Winds turning westerly in the late afternoon.
Swell: Westerly 2 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 5 metres offshore by early evening.
Seas: 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres mid afternoon.
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: West to northwesterly 30 to 40 knots.
Swell: Westerly 5 metres, increasing to 5 to 7 metres during the morning.
Seas: 3 to 5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots easing to about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 5 to 7 metres, decreasing to 4 to 5 metres during the evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
|Mon 23rd||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Tue 24th||1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Wed 25th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Thu 26th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
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.