Coal Point West - Beach in Harmers Haven Bass Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Coal Point West VIC

At Coal Point the trend of the coast swings to face due south-west. Between Coal Point and Kilcunda is a relatively straight 12 km of coast, dominated by sandy beaches but broken by numerous rocks and reefs, particularly toward Coal Point, and the mouth of the Powlett River, toward... Read more

At Coal Point the trend of the coast swings to face due south-west. Between Coal Point and Kilcunda is a relatively straight 12 km of coast, dominated by sandy beaches but broken by numerous rocks and reefs, particularly toward Coal Point, and the mouth of the Powlett River, toward Kilcunda. Car access is restricted to the Powlett River mouth, Kilcunda, and the back of Williamsons Beach. A rough track off the Chisholm Road reaches the rocks between Coal Point and Cutlers beaches.All the beaches face south-west and receive the full force of the south-westerly winds and waves. Active dunes extend up to 2 km inland, while the beaches throughout are dominated by a high energy, 200 m wide surf zone. There is one bar along the beach, which is often detached and cut by strong rips every 250 m and/or against the major rocks and reefs. There are usually at least 40 rips along the six beaches. The most extensive rock reefs occur between Coal Point and Cutlers Beach. These extend for a few hundred metres, with sand and dunes backing the rocks. Small rock outcrops separate the other beaches, and also occur at the Powlett River mouth. There are some very strong permanent rips against the rocks, particularly at the more popular Powlett River and Kilcunda, and either side of Cemetery Point, which separates these two beaches.

Swimming

These are very hazardous beaches with usually moderate to high waves and strong transient and permanent rips. Only swim in calm conditions, and avoid the rocks, reefs and rips.

Surfing

There are numerous beach and reef breaks along this section; the biggest problem is getting access to Williamsons and Cutlers beaches. The most popular spots are either side of Cemetery Point at Kilcunda. All these breaks work best in low to moderate swell with north-east winds. The whole section between Kilcunda and Coal Point is worth exploring, if conditions are right and you want your own break.

Fishing

The numerous rips and rocks make for excellent beach fishing for the entire length of the beaches.

General

A relatively isolated, energetic section of coast offering the chance of good surf and fishing, but hazardous for bathing.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Harmers Haven, VIC 3995

Length:
1.8km

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

Beach Key:
 vic160

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

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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