Hampton Beach was once part of a continuous strip of sand running from Picnic Point to Green Point, including Brighton Beach. The Hampton Life Saving Club was formed in 1913, to patrol the southern end. However, construction of the boat harbour in the early 1950s trapped sand from... Read more
Hampton Beach was once part of a continuous strip of sand running from Picnic Point to Green Point, including Brighton Beach. The Hampton Life Saving Club was formed in 1913, to patrol the southern end. However, construction of the boat harbour in the early 1950s trapped sand from the beach and erosion resulted. Beach nourishment was attempted in the 1970s, with little success; and the New Street groyne was built in 1986. This has trapped sand on the northern side and helped Brighton Beach, however Hampton remains virtually a shadow of its former self.Today the 900 m long beach is broad, but stagnant in the boat harbour. It consists of a few patches of sand where the Hampton Life Saving Club was previously located, and only a seawall, rocks and groyne up to the New Street groyne.Hampton Life Saving Club is located opposite the Sandringham Yacht Club between the Small St and New St Groynes. The Beach is well protected with a safe swimming area directly in front of the Life Saving Club. There are a few reefs just north of the club house, but these are easily visible from the shore. The Beach is popular with young families, and increasingly popular with Windsurfers and Kite Surfers.
The safest place is on the patch of sand in front of the lifesaving club, but even here, keep away from the rocks and groynes.
The groynes and seawall may not have saved the beach, but they have provided a good fishing spot, and access to relatively deep water.
The southern boat harbour is perfect for boating, however the beach has been heavily degraded by the lack of sand and numerous rock structures.Read less
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.