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
Wind: Northerly 15 to 25 knots shifting west to southwesterly during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: 50% chance of showers in the early morning. Mostly sunny day.
Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Wind: Westerly 15 to 25 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Swell: Westerly 1 to 1.5 metres, tending southwesterly 2 to 3 metres during the morning, then increasing to 3 to 4 metres by early evening. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening.
Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:10 pm
Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy.
|Thu 23rd||10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:10 pm|
|Fri 24th||9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:10 pm|
|Sat 25th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm|
|Sun 26th||9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:00 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.