Clifton Beach (T 408) is a popular surfing beach located about 25 km southeast of Hobart. The Clifton Beach Road runs to the western end of the beach, providing access to the growing community and the Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which was established in 1963. The entire beach... Read more
Clifton Beach (T 408) is a popular surfing beach located about 25 km southeast of Hobart. The Clifton Beach Road runs to the western end of the beach, providing access to the growing community and the Clifton Beach Surf Life Saving Club, which was established in 1963. The entire beach is backed by a coastal reserve, which incorporates coastal dunes behind the central and eastern part of the beach (Fig. 4.72). The now vegetated dunes have transgressed up to 300 m inland rising to more than 20 m, with dense vegetation behind, then the shallow southern shores of circular Pipe Clay Lagoon. The beach is bordered by 54 m high Cape Deslacs in the east and 50 m high rocky cliffs in the west that run south for 3.5 km rising to 100 m high at Cape Contrariety.The beach is 2.1 km long and faces south-southeast into Storm Bay exposing it to all southerly swell (Fig. 4.73). Waves average 1-1.5 m and maintain a moderately steep beach fronted by a continuous bar which is cut by rips every 200 m during and following high waves, with permanent rips against the rocks at each end.
Swimming: Clifton can be a hazardous beach, particularly when waves exceed 1 m and rips are present. The safest swimming is toward the western end in the patrolled area. Stay clear of the rocks and avoid the rips.
Surfing: Clifton picks up any south swell and will always produce a series of beach breaks, which work best up to 2 m. The southern breaks are accessible from the surf life saving club car park, while to access the northern end of the beach requires a trek over the dunes. Cape Contrariety and Cape Direction mark the southern boundaries of the South Arm peninsula, which separates Frederick Henry Bay from the entrance to the Derwent. River. The 10 km of predominantly sandy shoreline between the two capes face south into Storm Bay and are the highest energy section of coast within the bay. Five moderate energy beaches (T 409-413) are located between the two capes.Read less
Fri, 21 Oct 05:00
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Tasmania
Fri, 21 Oct 04:02
Warning to Sheep Graziers
Wind: Northerly 20 to 30 knots shifting westerly late morning, southwesterly 15 to 25 knots in the afternoon then southerly 10 to 20 knots in the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2 to 3 metres. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm near Cape Bruny at night. Possible hail in the evening. Caution: Wind gusts in excess of 50 knots are possible during the morning.
Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:10 pm
Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm near Tasman Island in the morning and afternoon. Possible hail.
Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Wind: Southerly 20 to 25 knots tending southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southeasterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
|Fri 21st||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:10 pm|
|Sat 22nd||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm|
|Sun 23rd||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:10 pm|
|Mon 24th||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:10 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.