Kennett River winds out through a 200 m wide, flat valley to enter the sea across Kennett River Beach. The beach is 200 m long, faces east and is moderately protected by Point Hawdon, which protrudes 500 m to the south-east. The beach is hemmed in by steep,... Read more
Kennett River winds out through a 200 m wide, flat valley to enter the sea across Kennett River Beach. The beach is 200 m long, faces east and is moderately protected by Point Hawdon, which protrudes 500 m to the south-east. The beach is hemmed in by steep, vegetated valley sides, sandstone rock platforms and extensive intertidal and submerged reefs. The Great Ocean Road backs the beach, with a large caravan park across the road. The Kennett River Surf Life Saving Club and car park are wedged in between the road and the beach. The surf club averages 5 rescues each year.Waves average 1.3 m and interact with the sand, rocks, reefs and river mouth to form a narrow surf zone dominated by strong, permanent rips against the rocks and reefs.
Moderately safe when patrolled under low summer conditions, however a very hazardous beach when any swell is running, as strong rips flow out of the bay.
A very popular spot offering a range of breaks, depending on wave height. The Rivermouth breaks in moderate swell, with bigger waves breaking off Kennett Point, while really big swell breaks over the Sawmill reef.
A very popular fishing spot with good access to river, river mouth, beach and rock fishing.
A small, but very accessible and popular beach with holiday makers, when waves are low. During higher waves the surfers arrive.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
Kennett River SLSC
Kennett River (Lifeguards)
Large unexpected waves
High Tide Range
Accessible Rock Platforms
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.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic359