Pondalowie Bay - Beach in Inneston Yorke Peninsula SA - SLS Beachsafe

Pondalowie Bay SA

The main beach (406) is 4 km long, it initially faces north and receives waves less than 0.5 m, making the southern half ideal for both boat launching and moorings. The southern beach is composed of fine sand, which with the low waves produces a flat, firm beach, usually partly covered in... Read more

The main beach (406) is 4 km long, it initially faces north and receives waves less than 0.5 m, making the southern half ideal for both boat launching and moorings. The southern beach is composed of fine sand, which with the low waves produces a flat, firm beach, usually partly covered in seagrass. Wave height slowly increases up the bay, reaching about 1 m at the sandy foreland in lee of Middle Island.

Swimming

The best place to swim is in front of the Casuarina camping area, where you are away from the boat and much of the seagrass, but the waves are usually relatively low and rips absent. Be careful up the beach, particularly if waves exceed 0.5 m as rips are usually present.

Surfing

There are two recognised surfing areas at Pondalowie accessible on foot from the Casuarina and Surfers campgrounds, with Richards break a few hundred meters further up the beach. Waves are usually less than 1 m at Pondalowie, increasing up the beach and during bigger swell.

Fishing

Most fishers go outside in boat, or fish from the rocks around the headland. The best beach fishing is up the beach, particularly if rip holes are present.

General

It’s a long drive down and around to Pondalowie, but worth it if you are after a picturesque bay, with good park facilities and a few waves up the beach.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Information

About

Inneston, SA 5577

Length:
4km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 sa0406

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

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

Marine Warnings

Tue, 16 Oct 04:21
Road Weather Alert for Adelaide

Tue, 16 Oct 04:21
Downy Mildew Advice

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 5:43 am

Day 17°    Night 13°
12.8°C
Shower or two. Windy

Water Temperature  15°C


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots, turning west to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning, then easing to 20 to 25 knots in the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre, reaching 1 to 2 metres in the west.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide

5 am
0.83m
11 am
0.41m
3 pm
0.50m
10 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Wednesday 17, Oct

Day 16°    Night 12°
Shower or two

Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots shifting southwesterly 15 to 20 knots late in the morning, then decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late afternoon and evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre, reaching 1 to 2 metres in the west.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide

6 am
0.75m
2 pm
0.49m
10 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:30 pm


Weather

Tue 16, Oct to Tue 23, Oct


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning, then tending east to northeasterly about 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre, reaching 1 to 2 metres in the west.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide


UV

Tue 16th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:30 pm
Wed 17th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:30 pm
Thu 18th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:40 pm
Fri 19th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 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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