Apollo Bay - Beach in Apollo Bay Colac-Otway VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Apollo Bay VIC

Apollo Bay is the southernmost town on the Great Ocean Road. It is fronted by a 3 km long, east facing, relatively safe beach, which is very popular during the summer holidays. The beach is protected by its orientation, Point Bunbury and the Apollo Bay Boat Harbour seawalls.... Read more

Apollo Bay is the southernmost town on the Great Ocean Road. It is fronted by a 3 km long, east facing, relatively safe beach, which is very popular during the summer holidays. The beach is protected by its orientation, Point Bunbury and the Apollo Bay Boat Harbour seawalls. As a result of this protection, the southern end of the beach has built out tens of metres along the northern harbour wall. Shoaling of the harbour has been a continual problem since it was constructed in the 1950s, with dredging often taking place.The beach receives waves averaging 1 m at the southern end, which slowly increase in height up the beach. The southern end is safest, with a usually continuous, attached, shallow bar and few rips. Rip size and intensity increase up the beach. The Apollo Bay Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1952 and averages 8 rescues annually.

Swimming

Relatively safe along the southern end and in front of the surf lifesaving club, so it's best to stay here and between the flags. Be careful of higher waves and rips further up the beach.

Surfing

Usually low to moderate beach breaks of variable quality. Westerly winds blow offshore. During big swell a small right hander runs down the western Harbour Wall.

Fishing

Best beach fishing is up the beach where the rips are more persistent.

General

An attractive town and beach, offering relative safe bathing and a beach sheltered from the westerlies.

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Apollo Bay SLSC

Apollo Bay (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Apollo Bay, VIC 3233

Length:
3km

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

Beach Key:
 vic378

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Camping
  • Caravan park
  • Boat ramp
  • Skate park
  • Cafe
  • Bike path
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus

Regulation Symbols

  • Camping Prohibited
  • No Parking
  • No Dogs Allowed

Weather

Wednesday 24, May 7:55 pm

Day 12°    Night 9°
13.8°C
Cloudy

Water Temperature  15°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending westerly before dawn then easing to 15 to 25 knots in the late afternoon and to 10 to 20 knots at night.
Swell: Westerly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

10 am
1.81m
2 am
0.77m
9 pm
1.69m
3 pm
1.14m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Thursday 25, May

Day 14°    Night 8°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 25 knots turning westerly 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon and easing to 15 to 25 knots at night.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres around midday, then tending west to southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

11 am
1.97m
3 am
0.63m
10 pm
1.71m
4 pm
1.08m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Wed 24, May to Wed 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 10 to 15 knots turning north to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots during the day.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres in the far west during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide


UV

Wed 24th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 25th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 26th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 27th 1 (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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