The Caves 1 - Beach in Inverloch Bass Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

The Caves 1 VIC

South of Petrel Rock, 20 to 40 m high sandstone bluffs and cliffs form the coastline, with extensive intertidal rock flats at their base. Along the base of the cliff, sand has collected to form a usually 20 to 30 m wide platform beach. This beach is awash... Read more

South of Petrel Rock, 20 to 40 m high sandstone bluffs and cliffs form the coastline, with extensive intertidal rock flats at their base. Along the base of the cliff, sand has collected to form a usually 20 to 30 m wide platform beach. This beach is awash only at high tide and is fronted by exposed rock flats at low tide. The Cape Paterson Road runs along the top of the bluffs, however beach access is restricted by the steep, high bluffs. Both beaches are 500 m long and face south-east, receiving waves averaging 1 to 1.5 m. These break over the extensive reefs at high tide, or on the edge of the rocks at low tide.

Swimming

Only possible at high tide on the first beach and even then, care must be taken owing to the dominant reefs and rocks. The reefs are more discontinuous along the second beach and strong rips occupy the deeper water.

Surfing

Usually none at the beach, however there is a reef break off the beach called Suicide, which breaks both left and right.

Fishing

Like the bathing, this can only be achieved at high tide, unless you walk out on the rock flats to find deep water.

General

Two long, narrow, rock fronted beaches.

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Information

About

Inverloch, VIC 3996

Length:
0.5km

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

Beach Key:
 vic146

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 12:13 am

Day 23°    Night 17°
19°C
Few showers

Water Temperature  14°C


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the east during the morning. Winds tending east to northeasterly and easing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and becoming variable along parts of the coast with local inshore seabreezes developing to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: breezes developing to 15 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers in the west, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm inshore in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

6 am
2.93m
6 pm
2.63m
12 pm
0.82m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 17, Oct

Day 21°    Night 15°
Showers easing

Wind


Wind: Northeasterly about 10 knots over eastern waters and variable below 10 knots elsewhere. Wind becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots throughout late afternoon and reaching 20 knots in the southeast in the late evening.
Swell: East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres in the east.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The risk of thunderstorms with higher squalls.

Tide

7 am
2.81m
12 am
0.48m
6 pm
2.53m
1 pm
0.92m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:10 pm


Weather

Tue 16, Oct to Tue 23, Oct


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots over eastern waters and variable below 10 knots elsewhere. Wind variable to 5 knots in the afternoon. Inshore afternoon sea breezes to about 10 knots.
Swell: East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the east.
Seas: breezes to about 10 knots.
Weather: Cloudy. The risk of thunderstorms with higher squalls in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Tue 16th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 pm
Wed 17th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:10 pm
Thu 18th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 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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