Rapid Bay - Beach in Rapid Bay Yankalilla SA - SLS Beachsafe

Rapid Bay SA

Rapid Bay occupies an open north-facing valley. It consists of the small settlement of Rapid Bay, a large rock quarry on the southern Rapid Head fronted by a 400 m long jetty. There is a wide foreshore reserve given over to recreation and a beachfront camping and caravan park. The beach... Read more

Rapid Bay occupies an open north-facing valley. It consists of the small settlement of Rapid Bay, a large rock quarry on the southern Rapid Head fronted by a 400 m long jetty. There is a wide foreshore reserve given over to recreation and a beachfront camping and caravan park. The beach extends from base of 130 m high Rapid Head for 1.5 km to the northern 100 m headland. The entire beach and barrier system has been slowly building seaward owing to a supply of rock debris from the quarry site. The shoreline built out rapidly between 1949 and 1949 to a maximum distance of 250 m, however erosion since then has seen it stabilize about 150 m seaward of the original shoreline. The beach (201) is coarse and steep, with usually low wave to calm condition at the shore. It is also used to launch small boats. Yattagolinga Creek cross the southern part of the beach.

Swimming

Rapid Bay is usually calm and relatively safe, just watch the deep water right off both beaches.

Surfing

None, other than a heavy shorebreak during bigger seas.

Fishing

You can fish deeper water right off the steep beach, or from the adjoining headland and jetty.

General

A popular holiday destination with beachfront camping and a relatively safe beach.

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Information

About

Rapid Bay, SA 5204

Length:
1.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0201

Nearby beaches

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Camping
  • Caravan park
  • Other facilities
  • Boat ramp
  • Jetty

Marine Warnings

Sat, 21 Jan 00:51
Severe Thunderstorm Warning (SA)

Weather

Saturday 21, Jan 1:04 pm

Day 23°    Night 13°
17.6°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning southwest to southeasterly in the middle of the day then tending southeasterly in the late evening. Winds reaching 15 to 20 knots south of Port Vincent to Brighton in the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

9 am
1.20m
3 am
0.71m
10 pm
1.31m
3 pm
0.45m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 6:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Sunday 22, Jan

Day 28°    Night 15°
Becoming cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming south to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

9 am
1.00m
5 am
0.84m
11 pm
1.26m
3 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 16 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 6:00 pm


Weather

Sat 21, Jan to Sat 28, Jan


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then tending southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Sat 21st 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 6:00 pm
Sun 22nd 16 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 6:00 pm
Mon 23rd 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 6:00 pm
Tue 24th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 6:00 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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