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Christies Beach

Patrolled Unpatrolled Today

Christies Beach (225) occupies the southern third of a 2 km long west facing beach that extends from Witton Bluff in the south to Curlew Point in the north. The southern half is backed by the growing residential area called Christies Beach, while the northern half is known as O’Sullivan Beach... Read more

Christies Beach (225) occupies the southern third of a 2 km long west facing beach that extends from Witton Bluff in the south to Curlew Point in the north. The southern half is backed by the growing residential area called Christies Beach, while the northern half is known as O’Sullivan Beach (226) and backed by a sewage treatment works (Fig. 4.50). There is excellent access to the beach at Christies Beach where a road parallels the beach, together with a caravan park and the Christies Beach Surf Life Saving Club. A seawall protects the road, with a ramp to the beach in front of the surf club.)Christies Creek flows across the middle of the beach and separates Christies from O’Sullivan Beach. The northern sewer works are fronted by a low sand dune, with the breakwater of a boat launching harbour forming the northern boundaryThe both beaches receives low ocean swell as well as gulf wind waves, with waves averaging 0.5 to 1 m. This is sufficient to produce a single bar usually cut by rips every 200 m. The centre of Christies Beach, where the surf club is located, is partly protected by Horseshoe Reef which lies 300 m offshore. This causes the beach to protrude seaward at this point and receive slightly lower waves (Fig. 4.55).

Swimming

This is a moderately hazardous beach owing to the common occurrence of rips. The safest swimming in right in front of the surf club, where the waves are usually a little lower and the beach patrolled in summer. Watch out for rips and stay inshore on the attached portion of the bar.

Surfing

This is a popular surfing beach owing to the low ocean swell that commonly reaches here. The swell and bars and rips can produce some reasonable beach breaks.

Fishing

The rips produce holes for beach fishing, while there is also rock fishing off the southern Witton Bluff or the northern breakwater. However most fishers use the boat ramp to fish the outer reefs and gulf waters.

General

A popular beach with some surf and good access and facilities.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Christies Beach SLSC

Mon
20/01
Tue
21/01
Wed
22/01
Thu
23/01
Fri
24/01
Sat
25/01
Sun
26/01

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12:00 - 17:00

12:00 - 17:00

Hazards

Gutters
Gutters
Littoral currents
Littoral currents
Flash rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
Topographic rips
Topographic rips
Shallow Sandbars
Shallow Sandbars
Submerged Objects
Submerged Objects
Beach erosion
Beach erosion
Beach exposure
Beach exposure
Outfall
Outfall
Reefs
Reefs
Rocks
Rocks

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Public phone
Boat ramp
Shade
Toilets
Caravan park
Shops
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Showers
Mobile Phone Coverage
Train
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Camping Prohibited
Tuesday, 21 Jan 7:04

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.


Christies Beach, SA 5165
Length: 0.55km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: sa0225