Penguin township occupies 2 km of coastline to the east of Dial Point, with four beaches (T 1104-1107) dominating most of the shoreline, all backed by 10 m high bluffs rising to Main Street, with the town behind.Johnsons Beach (T 1104) is a curving 200 m long, north-facing beach, bordered... Read more
Penguin township occupies 2 km of coastline to the east of Dial Point, with four beaches (T 1104-1107) dominating most of the shoreline, all backed by 10 m high bluffs rising to Main Street, with the town behind.Johnsons Beach (T 1104) is a curving 200 m long, north-facing beach, bordered by a caravan park and the rocks of Dial Point to the west and 10 m high Beecraft Point to the east, both surrounded by intertidal rock flats (Fig. 4.242). It is a centrally located and popular beach during low wave conditions. The beach has a moderately steep high tide beach grading into a 50-100 m wide low tide terrace, with the rock flats to either side and some in the centre, all of which are exposed at low tide and hazardous when waves are breaking on the beach. A bike path, narrow reserve, highway and houses back the beach.
The Penguin beaches have a relatively low hazard rating under normal low wave conditions. However care must be taken on all beaches when waves exceed 0.5 m as rips develop, particularly at low tide and near the rocks, as well as the hazards posed by the many exposed and submerged rocks and reefs.
None of Penguin’s beaches are known for their surf. However the best breaks will be on the more exposed Preservation Bay Beach when swell is running, with a right-hander forming off the eastern point.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: tas1104