At Hayley Point, the coast swings to the south-west and is dominated by a series of protruding sandstone rock platforms and reefs. These are divided by small beaches that extend 2.5 km from the point to The Blowhole. They are only accessible via Marengo, with a walk along the... Read more
At Hayley Point, the coast swings to the south-west and is dominated by a series of protruding sandstone rock platforms and reefs. These are divided by small beaches that extend 2.5 km from the point to The Blowhole. They are only accessible via Marengo, with a walk along the rocks required to reach the southern beaches.The first beach is called Marengo after the name of the settlement on Hayley Point, and is accessible via a road that runs around the point to the rear of the beach. The beach faces east, is 150 m long and is tucked in between two rock platforms with some reefs off the beach. It receives waves averaging 0.5 m and has a steep, barless beach with deep water close inshore. However, it is also the site of a sewer outlet.
These four beaches are all sheltered from large waves. Marengo and Swell Point are relatively safe in a physical sense. The Marengo bathing beach extending northeast from the Marengo Holiday Park towards Apollo Bay is more than a kilometre by water from the Apollo Bay reclaimed water discharge. The combination of environmental degradation processes (natural microbiological uptake, salinity shock, sunlight disinfection) and dilution and dispersion processes along the travel path from the discharge further substantially reduce the likelihood of exposure of bathers to microbiological risks at the main Marengo Beach. Overall the risk of the reclaimed water discharge to bathing quality at the main Marengo beach is low. The Storm Point beaches are dominated by rocks and only offer tidal pools at low tide.
The reefs at Marengo, called Infinities, provide left and right handers during moderate to high swells. They are the only rideable waves along this rocky section of coast.
This is a very popular stretch of coast for fishing, with both the beaches and rock platform giving good access to holes and gullies.
This is a nice section of coast for a walk or fishing, but is unsuitable for bathing or surfing.Read less
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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: 9/10 (Extremely hazardous)
Beach Key: vic383