Glenaire - Beach in Glenaire Colac-Otway VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Glenaire VIC

The Aire River enters the sea at Glenaire Beach. It flows through a 500 m wide gap in the dune calcarenite, that has been piled up on either side by the strong westerly winds. The now lithified dunes date back several hundred thousand years, with the most recent... Read more

The Aire River enters the sea at Glenaire Beach. It flows through a 500 m wide gap in the dune calcarenite, that has been piled up on either side by the strong westerly winds. The now lithified dunes date back several hundred thousand years, with the most recent active sand being deposited during the past 6 000 years. An elongate lagoon forms the lower stretch of the river, which is usually blocked at the beach. Access to these beaches is via the road to the National Park's riverside camping area. A 2 km walking track leads from the camping area along the river to Glenaire Beach.Glenaire and its eastern beach face south-west and receive waves averaging over 1.5 m. These produce a 200 m wide surf zone dominated by detached bars and strong rips every 300 m, as well as against the larger rocks. Glenaire East Beach usually has one massive rip, while Glenaire usually has two large rips, that begin to flow seaward immediately off the beach.

Swimming

These are two hazardous beaches and swimmers should use the lagoon. Only venture into the surf if you are very experienced, and even then it is not advisable.

Surfing

There are usually beach breaks along here, with best conditions during low swell and northerly winds.

Fishing

This area offers lagoon, beach and rock fishing, with deep permanent holes and gutters along the beach.

General

The Glenaire region offers a range of natural environments, including the river, lagoon, beach, dunes and rocky coast. The coast is hazardous, so take care.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Information

About

Glenaire, VIC 3238

Length:
0.75km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic414

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

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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