Undertow Bay - Beach in Cape Paterson Bass Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Undertow Bay VIC

Undertow Bay, as the name suggests, can be subject to strong currents in the surf. The beach is located immediately east of the town of Cape Paterson and next to the major bend in the main road. It is 300 m long, faces south-east, has a headland with... Read more

Undertow Bay, as the name suggests, can be subject to strong currents in the surf. The beach is located immediately east of the town of Cape Paterson and next to the major bend in the main road. It is 300 m long, faces south-east, has a headland with a broad rock platform at the east end, a rock reef tied to the beach by a sandy foreland at the west end, and a foredune running the length of the beach. In addition, some rocks outcrop at either end of the beach. Waves average 1.3 m, usually producing a continuous attached bar, cut by permanent rips at either end and often one toward the centre. A heavy shorebreak occurs at high tide and when the bar narrows.

Swimming

A moderately hazardous beach owing to the shorebreak and rips.

Surfing

Usually a dumping beach break.

Fishing

Good high rock platforms border the beach and provide access to deep water off the rocks, with the best gutter off the headland.

General

An accessible sandy beach next to the main road only suitable for swimming during low waves and most suitable for rock fishing.

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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:
0.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic153

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips

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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