The Gap - Beach in Smiths Beach Bass Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

The Gap VIC

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

This section of coast is dominated by rocks and reefs and is only suitable for rock fishing.

General

These three beaches are relatively isolated and are unsuitable for safe bathing. They are primarily used by surfers and rock fishers.

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Information

About

Smiths Beach, VIC 3922

Length:
0.2km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic201

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Winds
    Winds

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

Weather

Tuesday 11, Dec 12:39 am

Day 21°    Night 13°
17.6°C
Sunny

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day. Winds increasing to 15 to 25 knots during the late afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southwesterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

4 am
2.97m
10 am
0.86m
4 pm
2.48m
10 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 12, Dec

Day 30°    Night 15°
Possible shower developing

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the west in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

4 am
2.92m
11 am
0.84m
4 pm
2.47m
10 pm
0.44m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Tue 11, Dec to Tue 18, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and increasing 20 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The risk of thunderstorms and higher squalls.

Tide


UV

Tue 11th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm
Wed 12th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Thu 13th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 pm
Fri 14th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 5:30 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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