Lacapede Bay is the name of the low energy bay extending from Cape Jaffa to Kingston SE. While dominated by low waves, the bay contains large seagrass covered sand waves, that apparently move very slowly eastward along the bay. Where the sand wave attached the shore, the shoreline protrudes up... Read more
Lacapede Bay is the name of the low energy bay extending from Cape Jaffa to Kingston SE. While dominated by low waves, the bay contains large seagrass covered sand waves, that apparently move very slowly eastward along the bay. Where the sand wave attached the shore, the shoreline protrudes up to 300 m seaward. These protrusions give the bay shore a crenulate character (Fig. 4.24). The 7.5 km section of beach (148B) faces north west, is low, narrow and usually covered with seagrass. The entire beach section is backed by 500 m of densely vegetated foredune ridges, including the salt Hog Lake, then cleared sheep paddocks. Butchers Gap drain forms the northern boundary with Wyomi Beach, and public access is limited to either end at Kings Camp or Wyomi beach. The ridges and salt lakes associated with Butcher Gap drain are part of the Butchers Gap Conservation Park.
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: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 20 to 25 knots north of Port MacDonnell during the day.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:20 pm
Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning south to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy.
Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3.5 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
|Sat 20th||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm|
|Sun 21st||13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm|
|Mon 22nd||12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:20 pm|
|Tue 23rd||12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 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.