The Oaks - Beach in Cape Paterson Bass Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

The Oaks VIC

The Oaks is one of the few beaches with a sandy surf zone along this rocky section of coast. The beach lies in a 250 m wide opening in the rocks. It is backed by a small, vegetated dune, then 30 m high, vegetated bluffs and the main... Read more

The Oaks is one of the few beaches with a sandy surf zone along this rocky section of coast. The beach lies in a 250 m wide opening in the rocks. It is backed by a small, vegetated dune, then 30 m high, vegetated bluffs and the main road. A foot track enters the middle of the beach. The beach faces south and receives waves averaging 1.6 m, which produce a 200 m wide surf zone dominated by two permanent rips, both against the rocks. In addition, reefs parallel the rocks at each end of the beach.

Swimming

Usually a high energy beach dominated by strong rip currents. So use extreme care if any surf is running.

Surfing

This beach provides some of the few beach breaks in the area.

Fishing

Good deep rip gutters run out along both headlands and can be fished from the rock platforms.

General

A nice sandy beach next to the main road, however be careful if swimming here as rips dominate.

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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:
0.25km

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

Beach Key:
 vic152

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • 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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