At the southern end of the Phillip Island Bike Racetrack is a section of 40 m high basalt cliffs and bluffs, fronted by near continuous rock platforms and reefs. Tucked in at the base of the bluffs are two narrow sand platform beaches in Cunningham Bay, called The Gap... Read more
At the southern end of the Phillip Island Bike Racetrack is a section of 40 m high basalt cliffs and bluffs, fronted by near continuous rock platforms and reefs. Tucked in at the base of the bluffs are two narrow sand platform beaches in Cunningham Bay, called The Gap and Racetrack. A similar beach, Jessie Beach, lies 200 m to the south-west, in lee of Jessie Island. The Gap Road terminates on the bluffs above the Cunningham Bay beaches, while a walk around the bluffs or rocks is required to reach Jessie Beach.All three beaches are somewhat sheltered by the reefs, and waves average 0.5 m at the shore. However they only reach the narrow beaches at high tide, with exposed rock flats fronting the beach at low tide.
At high tide you can swim off the beach, however at low tide the only suitable water is in the tidal pools. Stay inshore if swimming here as there are rocks, reefs and stronger currents off the beach.
There is no surf at the beaches, however on the reefs there are three spots. The Gap has a left and right hand reef break that works best at low tide; Racetrack has a right that is better at high tide; while Jessie Island has a right that works best at low tide.
This section of coast is dominated by rocks and reefs and is only suitable for rock fishing.
These three beaches are relatively isolated and are unsuitable for safe bathing. They are primarily used by surfers and rock fishers.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic202