Point Avoid - Beach in Coffin Bay Lower Eyre Peninsula SA - SLS Beachsafe

Point Avoid SA

Avoid Bay is a 7 km wide relatively open southwest facing bay, bordered in the east by Point Avoid, and the west by the Black Rocks islets, lying 1.5 km off the shore, and the backing calcarenite headland. Between to two points is 15 km of rocky and sandy shoreline,... Read more

Avoid Bay is a 7 km wide relatively open southwest facing bay, bordered in the east by Point Avoid, and the west by the Black Rocks islets, lying 1.5 km off the shore, and the backing calcarenite headland. Between to two points is 15 km of rocky and sandy shoreline, including nine beaches, three backed by some massive Holocene dune transgression extending up to 4 km across the Coffin Bay Peninsula to the quiet waters of Port Douglas. There is 2WD access to most of the Point Avoid beaches, and the eastern end of the bay beaches, with a camping area on Point Avoid, and a rather hazardous boat ramp at beach.Point Avoid beach (839) is tucked in lee of some rocks and a substantial beachrock reef, at the very western end of Gunyah Beach, where the coast changes orientation and faces southwest. The rocks and reefs however lower waves at the shore of the 120 m long beach to about 0.5 m, producing a relatively quieter lagoon between the reef and the shore. It is only safe to swim however close to the beach as currents flow through the reef. A car park is located immediately behind the beach.

Swimming

The two most popular spots are at the protected Point Avoid ‘lagoon’ (beach 839) and the boat ramp beach (843), with the other point beaches having low waves but rocks and reefs, while the bay beaches have higher waves and strong beach rips.

Surfing

The best beach breaks are up the bay beaches.

Fishing

There are numerous spots to fish the rocks and reefs around the point, with a 4WD required to reach the better beach rips up the beach.

General

Point Avoid is a relatively popular picnic and swimming area, as well as providing basic camping facilities and a boat ramp for experienced users.

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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

Coffin Bay, SA 5607

Length:
0.12km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0839

Nearby beaches

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Marine Warnings

Sun, 21 Oct 11:38
Marine Wind Warning Summary for South Australia

Weather

Sunday 21, Oct 3:04 pm

Day 26°    Night 9°
22.4°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  15°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeast to northwesterly below 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots before dawn, reaching 15 to 20 knots offshore in the morning. Southwest to southeasterly inshore afternoon sea breezes below 10 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: breezes below 10 knots.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

2 am
0.62m
8 am
0.34m
2 pm
0.89m
8 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

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


Radar

512 km

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Weather

Monday 22, Oct

Day 23°    Night 14°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots shifting west to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

2 am
0.72m
9 am
0.24m
3 pm
0.90m
9 pm
0.17m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:40 pm


Weather

Sun 21, Oct to Sun 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Sun 21st 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:40 pm
Mon 22nd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:40 pm
Tue 23rd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:40 pm
Wed 24th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:40 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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