North of the Torrens River the coast runs north-northwest for 10 km to the protruding sandy Semaphore foreland, then slowly curves into west facing Largs Bay. This entire 16 km of beach is backed by Adelaide’s beach suburbs. It is bounded by the Torrens and North Haven breakwaters, with four jetties crossing... Read more
North of the Torrens River the coast runs north-northwest for 10 km to the protruding sandy Semaphore foreland, then slowly curves into west facing Largs Bay. This entire 16 km of beach is backed by Adelaide’s beach suburbs. It is bounded by the Torrens and North Haven breakwaters, with four jetties crossing the beach. Waves average less than 1 m at the southern Henley, and decrease even further north of Semaphore. At the same time the beach has a continuous attached bar, fronted by a trough then a second bar, and past Semaphore and into Largs Bay a third bar is present, however waves only break on the outer bars during higher wind wave conditions. Under normal low wave conditions these are all relatively safe beaches. Just be aware of the troughs between the bars if swimming out past the inner bar.
This section of coast is relatively safe inshore and on the attached portions of the inner bar. Care must be taken in the trough particularly if occupied by currents, and on the outer bar. Children sometimes get caught on the bars by the rising tide.
The surf here depends on the winds, with strong westerlies required to produce a sloppy beach break. Occasionally high outside ocean swell reaches the beaches as a low swell.
Many fishers use the Patawalonga and Torrens boat ramps to launch their boats for outside fishing, while the two jetties and the Patawalonga Creek mouth are the most popular shore locations. Along the beaches the migrating bars and higher wave produce a range of holes and gutters along the beach, which change over time.
A long section of beach with the older Henley and Grange in the centre and newer developments to the north and south.Read less
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North Haven SLSC
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.