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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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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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

Fri, 28 Jul 16:31
Warning to Sheep Graziers

Fri, 28 Jul 16:16
Severe Weather Warning (SA)

Weather

Friday 28, Jul 10:42 pm

Day 15°    Night 7°
14.9°C
Windy. Mostly clear

Water Temperature  14°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly about 10 knots becoming northerly early in the morning, increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon, 15 to 20 knots late afternoon and 20 to 25 knots from mid evening.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

6 am
1.27m
12 am
0.36m
6 pm
1.57m
12 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 29, Jul

Day 16°    Night 10°
Showers. Very windy

Wind


Wind: Northerly 20 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots before dawn then tending northwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Tide

7 am
1.35m
1 am
0.34m
6 pm
1.51m
1 pm
0.58m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Fri 28, Jul to Fri 04, Aug


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots turning west to southwesterly below 10 knots during the day.
Swell: South to southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers, with possible hail in the evening.

Tide


UV

Fri 28th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 29th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sun 30th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Mon 31st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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