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

Weather

Thursday 27, Apr 9:07 pm

Day 15°    Night 10°
11.5°C
Possible shower

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 10 to 15 knots turning southwesterly during the morning.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide

5 am
1.47m
10 am
0.47m
5 pm
1.83m
11 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 28, Apr

Day 18°    Night 11°
Possible shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the morning southeast of Port Vincent to Saint Kilda then decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the eastern waters around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide

5 am
1.36m
11 am
0.52m
5 pm
1.87m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 2:20 pm


Weather

Thu 27, Apr to Thu 04, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning southwest to southerly during the afternoon. Winds turning southeasterly below 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Thu 27th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:20 pm
Fri 28th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 2:20 pm
Sat 29th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 2:20 pm
Sun 30th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:20 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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