Kennett River - Beach in Kennett River Colac-Otway VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Kennett River

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

A very popular fishing spot with good access to river, river mouth, beach and rock fishing.

General

A small, but very accessible and popular beach with holiday makers, when waves are low. During higher waves the surfers arrive.

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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.

Kennett River SLSC

Kennett River (Lifeguards)

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
11°C
Water
13°C
UV Rating
5 / 11

Hazards

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Large unexpected waves
Large unexpected waves
Heavy shorebreak
Heavy shorebreak
Fixed rips
Fixed rips
Flash rips
Flash rips
Travelling rips
Travelling rips
High Tide Range
High Tide Range
Winds
Winds
Accessible Rock Platforms
Accessible Rock Platforms
Reefs
Reefs
Slippery rocks
Slippery rocks

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Public phone
Caravan park
Shops
Park
Mobile Phone Coverage
Bus

Regulation Symbols

Camping Prohibited
No Littering
No Vehicles
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Cats or Dogs
No Dogs Allowed
No Glass
Saturday, 26 Sep 4:01

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.


Kennett River, VIC 3234
Length: 0.2km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic359