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

Wednesday 15, Aug 10:57 pm

Day 15°    Night 10°
12.6°C
A few showers. Windy

Water Temperature  13°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 30 to 40 knots shifting westerly during the afternoon.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore during the morning.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres offshore.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers, with possible hail from the late morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

3 am
2.89m
9 am
0.27m
3 pm
3.06m
9 pm
0.38m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 16, Aug

Day 13°    Night 7°
A few showers. Wind easing

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 25 to 35 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots in the evening.
Swell: Westerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon, then tending west to southwesterly 1 to 2 metres later in the evening.
Seas: 2 to 4 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

4 am
2.94m
10 am
0.35m
4 pm
3.04m
10 pm
0.30m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Wed 15, Aug to Wed 22, Aug


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 15 to 25 knots turning northwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: West to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres in the west.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Wed 15th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 16th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 17th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 18th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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