The Caves 2 - Beach in Cape Paterson Bass Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

The Caves 2 VIC

South of Petrel Rock, 20 to 40 m high sandstone bluffs and cliffs form the coastline, with extensive intertidal rock flats at their base. Along the base of the cliff, sand has collected to form a usually 20 to 30 m wide platform beach. This beach is awash... Read more

South of Petrel Rock, 20 to 40 m high sandstone bluffs and cliffs form the coastline, with extensive intertidal rock flats at their base. Along the base of the cliff, sand has collected to form a usually 20 to 30 m wide platform beach. This beach is awash only at high tide and is fronted by exposed rock flats at low tide. The Cape Paterson Road runs along the top of the bluffs, however beach access is restricted by the steep, high bluffs. Both beaches are 500 m long and face south-east, receiving waves averaging 1 to 1.5 m. These break over the extensive reefs at high tide, or on the edge of the rocks at low tide.

Swimming

Only possible at high tide on the first beach and even then, care must be taken owing to the dominant reefs and rocks. The reefs are more discontinuous along the second beach and strong rips occupy the deeper water.

Surfing

Usually none at the beach, however there is a reef break off the beach called Suicide, which breaks both left and right.

Fishing

Like the bathing, this can only be achieved at high tide, unless you walk out on the rock flats to find deep water.

General

Two long, narrow, rock fronted beaches.

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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

Cape Paterson, VIC 3995

Length:
0.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic147

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Street parking
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

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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