West of the drain the groynes divide the 1.5 m long section of Town beach (71) into 17 beach sections, each about 100 m long and bounded by the groynes. A road runs behind the entire beach providing good access to all the beaches. The Town beaches usually have waves... Read more
West of the drain the groynes divide the 1.5 m long section of Town beach (71) into 17 beach sections, each about 100 m long and bounded by the groynes. A road runs behind the entire beach providing good access to all the beaches. The Town beaches usually have waves less than 0.5 m which break over a shallow attached bar. Rips only occur when waves exceed 0.5 m, with the rip running out against the groynes. The second beach west of the jetty has a concrete boat ramp for small boats.
The Back beach and the small Town beaches are relatively safe, away from the boats, and under normal low wave conditions. Higher waves produce a heavy shorebreak and rips against the groynes. The Surf beach is moderately safe close inshore on the bar. Stay clear of the rips which can extend a considerable distance out across the 100 to 200 m wide surf zone.
Surf Beach is the most accessible and popular spot and offers a wide low gradient surf zone , with usually 1 to 1.5 m high spilling breakers. There are also many kilometres of usually empty surf down the beach toward Southend. During big swell there is a right hander in Beachport.
There are many options at Beachport. The jetty is extremely popular, as is fishing from small boats in the bay and over the inner reefs. In addition there is rock fishing off the groynes and the Cape, and beach fishing along Surf Beach.
A very popular summer destination offering sufficient facilities for the traveller, set in a picturesque town and physical setting.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
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.
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: sa0071