Mounts Bay is an exposed, south-east facing bay on the south side of Point Bunbury. It extends for 1.8 km to the southern Hayley Point or Cape Marengo. Little Henty Reef, 500 m off Hayley Point, provides additional protection to the southern half of the beach. The... Read more
Mounts Bay is an exposed, south-east facing bay on the south side of Point Bunbury. It extends for 1.8 km to the southern Hayley Point or Cape Marengo. Little Henty Reef, 500 m off Hayley Point, provides additional protection to the southern half of the beach. The beach is part of a sand barrier and is backed by a low dune and the floodplains of the Barham River, which exits at the northern end of the beach. The Great Ocean Road runs along the back of the beach, providing good access once across the bridge. There are several car parks behind the beach and at the point.The beach receives waves averaging 1 m in the south and increasing northward. The beach has a narrow, attached bar in lee of the reef, with rips usually beginning halfway up the beach and intensifying to the north.
The southern corner and in lee of the reef is the safest location. Avoid the rips up the beach.
The best beach breaks are toward the central and northern end where the waves are usually larger and the surf wider.
The best beach fishing is in the rip holes up the beach and at the river mouth, while on Hayley Point there is a wide intertidal rock platform to fish the deeper water between the reef and the Point.
A very accessible and relatively natural beach, with a more protected southern end, and higher surf, the river mouth and rock platforms to the north.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: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic382