Preservation Bay (T 1103) is a 700 m long north-facing beach that curves round between low rocky bluffs. The beach is backed by a low grassy foredune, the old railway line and old highway, with a row of houses on the southern side. There is good access to the beach from the large car park next to the Penguin Surf Life Saving Club located behind the rocky shore at the eastern end (Fig. 4.240). All motorists travelling the old highway get a good view of the beach and club house. Waves average 0.5-1 m, and with the tides produce a narrow high tide beach and 150 m wide moderately sloping low tide beach, consisting of a continuous low tide bar (Fig. 4.241). Rips do however occur during higher waves at low tide, with a strong rip running out against the eastern clubhouse rocks during northwest wave conditions. A small creek drains across the central part of the beach.
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.