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.
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.
There are usually beach breaks along here, with best conditions during low swell and northerly winds.
This area offers lagoon, beach and rock fishing, with deep permanent holes and gutters along the beach.
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.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.