Woolamai (Surf) Beach is the longest and most exposed beach on Phillip Island, and is the site of the island's only surf lifesaving club, founded in 1959. The beach is 4.2 km long and faces south-west into the high waves and westerly winds. The persistently moderate to high... Read more
Woolamai (Surf) Beach is the longest and most exposed beach on Phillip Island, and is the site of the island's only surf lifesaving club, founded in 1959. The beach is 4.2 km long and faces south-west into the high waves and westerly winds. The persistently moderate to high waves average 1.7 m. Together with the fine to medium beach sand, they produce a moderately steep beach face. The 250 m wide surf zone contains an inner bar cut by strong, deep rips every 250 m, with an outer bar cut by more widely spaced rips. The rips usually scour deep holes in the beach, making them highly visible.The Woolamai Beach Road runs out to the beach and provides parking in the large car park at the surf club.
This is a surf for experienced bathers only. The waves are usually large, and the rips strong and close inshore. Stay between the flags at all times and avoid the rips, as an average of 55 people are rescued annually. This hazardous beach has the third highest number of rescues per year in Victoria, lower only than Portsea and Gunnamatta.
A popular spot for more experienced surfers. It offers some of the best beach breaks in Victoria, often with long lefts and rights peeling over the wide banks and into the deep rips. The Carpark break is located to the east of the surf club, while Anzac Alley is to the west of the club and offers good right handers. All Woolamai breaks are best with a low to moderate swell and northerly winds.
Excellent rip holes are a characteristic of this beach.
An exposed, high energy beach for more experienced bathers and surfers. Best during summer northerly conditions, as westerly winds blow out the surf. The dunes are the site of Cape Woolamai State Faunal Reserve.Read less
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.
General Hazard Rating: 8/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic190