Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club is located in the centre of a straight 6 km long west facing beach (215) that begins just north of Cactus Canyon, below the steep bluffs of southern Sellicks Beach. The beach runs almost due north for 3 km to Silver Sands, the site of the... Read more
Aldinga Bay Surf Life Saving Club is located in the centre of a straight 6 km long west facing beach (215) that begins just north of Cactus Canyon, below the steep bluffs of southern Sellicks Beach. The beach runs almost due north for 3 km to Silver Sands, the site of the surf club, then on for another 3 km to the rock flats that form the border with Aldinga Beach. The beach is composed of fine sand, which with the usually low gulf waves and swell (0.5 to 1 m) produces a low, flat beach, firm enough to drive a car on. Occasional bigger wind waves and higher swell maintain a shallow second bar which parallels the beach, a continuous trough separating it from the beach (Fig. 4.48). A shingle beach also backs the southern half of the beach. The shingle is eroded from the southern cliffs and reworked up the beach by higher seas.
The main beach is a moderately safe beach, particularly on the attached inner bar. Be careful of the deep trough between the inner and outer bar. When waves exceed 1 m rips intensify in this trough. Also watch for cars when crossing the beach. Aldinga Beach is unsuitable for swimming owing to the rocky reef flats.
Aldinga Bay receives low swell and usually has low beach breaks over the inner and outer bar.
Most beach fishers wade out on the shallow inner bar to fish the longshore trough. There is also reef fishing at high tide at Aldinga beach. However the Snapper Point area is an Aquatic Reserve.
A long, straight beach very accessible for both people and vehicles, and popular during summer. It has some surf, but remains relatively safe under normal conditions.Read less
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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.