Cowes - Beach in Cowes Bass Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Cowes VIC

Cowes is the focus of all activities on Phillip Island and where most of the residents and visitors stay. It is located on the middle of the north shore of the island, far enough east for its jetties to be clear of ocean swell, and far enough west to... Read more

Cowes is the focus of all activities on Phillip Island and where most of the residents and visitors stay. It is located on the middle of the north shore of the island, far enough east for its jetties to be clear of ocean swell, and far enough west to be clear of the tidal flats off Observation Point. The town has all the facilities of a thriving summer tourist and holiday industry.A well-maintained foreshore reserve runs along the northern shore of the town, with beaches lying below the 10 m high bluffs. There are two beaches adjacent to the centre of Cowes: Mussel Rocks; and the main Cowes Beach, next to the ferry jetty. Both beaches are relatively short, face due north and receive low wind waves. Mussel Rocks Beach lies between Mussel Rocks and the ferry jetty; while the main Cowes Beach is immediately east of the jetty, with Erehwon Point forming the eastern boundary. At high tide the beaches are relatively narrow and steep; while at low tide, they become exposed with shallow rock and tidal flats extending out toward the jetty.

Swimming

Two relatively safe beaches close to shore. The only problems to watch are the vessels using the jetty and tidal currents, which run off and parallel to the beach.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

The jetty and the rocks are the most popular locations.

General

The main beach for Cowes is very popular for picnics in the foreshore reserve, and swimming.

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Cowes (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Cowes, VIC 3922

Length:
0.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic225

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

Weather

Tuesday 11, Dec 12:38 am

Day 21°    Night 13°
17.6°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  16°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Winds increasing to 15 to 25 knots during the late afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

4 am
2.97m
10 am
0.86m
4 pm
2.48m
10 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 12, Dec

Day 30°    Night 15°
Possible shower developing

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the west in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

4 am
2.92m
11 am
0.84m
4 pm
2.47m
10 pm
0.44m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Tue 11, Dec to Tue 18, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and increasing 20 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The risk of thunderstorms and higher squalls.

Tide


UV

Tue 11th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm
Wed 12th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Thu 13th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm
Fri 14th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 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.

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