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
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Thursday 14, Dec 7:12 pm

Day 23°    Night 17°
18.6°C
Clear

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots shifting west to southwesterly during the morning. Winds reaching up to 30 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

9 am
2.62m
3 am
0.98m
10 pm
2.54m
3 pm
0.67m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:20 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Friday 15, Dec

Day 23°    Night 12°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning. Afternoon coastal seabreezes around 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the west.
Seas: breezes around 15 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

10 am
2.50m
4 am
1.13m
11 pm
2.56m
4 pm
0.70m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:20 pm


Weather

Thu 14, Dec to Thu 21, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming west to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the day then becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the west.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Thu 14th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:20 pm
Fri 15th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 16th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:20 pm
Sun 17th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:20 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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