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

Sun, 21 Jan 22:00
Marine Wind Warning Summary for South Australia

Sun, 21 Jan 15:54
Fire Weather Warning

Weather

Sunday 21, Jan 11:54 pm

Day 27°    Night 16°
16.7°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly 20 to 25 knots easing to 15 to 20 knots early morning then further to 10 to 15 knots around sunrise then increasing to southeast to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon, locally reaching 20 to 25 knots late afternoon and early evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

7 am
1.64m
12 am
0.51m
8 pm
1.27m
1 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 22, Jan

Day 21°    Night 15°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Cloud clearing.

Tide

7 am
1.59m
1 am
0.52m
8 pm
1.30m
2 pm
0.23m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:20 pm


Weather

Sun 21, Jan to Sun 28, Jan


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots reaching 20 to 25 knots north of Port Vincent to Brighton late afternoon and evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 0.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres north of Port Vincent to Brighton later.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Sun 21st 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:30 pm
Mon 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:20 pm
Tue 23rd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:30 pm
Wed 24th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:30 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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