Half Moon Bay - Beach in Black Rock Bayside VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Half Moon Bay

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Half Moon Bay receives its name from its crescentic shape. The 350 m long bay faces north in the southern corner, then swings around to face west along the northern section. Due to the partially protected nature of the bay, it has long been a site for boating.... Read more

Half Moon Bay receives its name from its crescentic shape. The 350 m long bay faces north in the southern corner, then swings around to face west along the northern section. Due to the partially protected nature of the bay, it has long been a site for boating. It has a boat launching ramp, a 100 m long jetty, and off the jetty are the remains of HMVS Cerberus which was grounded in 1926, to provide additional shelter for the boats.The beach is relatively protected in the southern corner and extensive sand shoals lie off the beach, necessitating the need for the long jetty. The bars narrow but continue up the beach, where they may be cut by deeper rip channels. High waves will produce strong currents in the rips and against the northern rocks at Red Bluff.The Half Moon Bay Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1910 and is the oldest in the state. It is located in the southern corner of the beach, next to a few boat sheds and the Black Rock Yacht Club. There is extensive parking for both clubs and the boat ramp on the point, with additional parking on the northern bluffs, as well as walkways down to the beach.

Swimming

A relatively safe beach in the southern corner, with deeper water and more rip channels toward the north. Best to stay close inshore in the patrolled area, just north of the surf club, as there is an average of 18 rescues a year at the beach.

Surfing

Waves break over the northern bars and reefs during strong westerly winds and accompanying waves.

Fishing

The Pier is the most popular location, with the best beach fishing toward the northern end.

General

This beach has a very active and accessible southern corner, with a more natural and quieter northern section. Access and parking are good at both ends. Care should be taken if near the remains of the Cerberus, as it is deteriorating badly.

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Half Moon Bay SLSC

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Topographic rips
Topographic rips
Winds
Winds

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Public phone
Kiosk
Dressing shed
Toilets
Drinking water
Showers
Passenger ferry
Train
Bus
Boat ramp
Saturday, 9 Nov 7:58

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.


Black Rock, VIC 3193
Includes beaches: Black Rock, Black Rock Point, Sandringham, Hampton, Brighton, Holloway, Dendy Street, Middle Brighton, Middle Brighton Baths
Length: 0.35km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: vicP052