Beach 373 - Beach in Petticoat Creek Colac-Otway VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Beach 373 VIC

Past Smythe Creek, the coast continues to the south-west. The generally rocky shore is backed by the lower, largely cleared slopes and the Great Ocean Road. Rock platforms and reefs dominate the shore, however a strip of sand runs along the back of the platforms, and forms three... Read more

Past Smythe Creek, the coast continues to the south-west. The generally rocky shore is backed by the lower, largely cleared slopes and the Great Ocean Road. Rock platforms and reefs dominate the shore, however a strip of sand runs along the back of the platforms, and forms three beach areas, with waves averaging 1.5 m off the platforms. All three beaches are readily accessible from the road.Beach 371 is 1 km long and begins just past Smythe Creek. It is backed in places by a low foredune and fronted by a broad intertidal rock platform, which truncates jagged beds of sandstone and shale. The platform is exposed at low tide. On either side of Browns Creek is a 1 km strip of sand and boulders also fronted by broad, irregular intertidal rock platforms, with occasional gullies in the rocks. Beach 373 is a shorter, 200 m strip of sand and boulders right beside the road. It is fronted by a sloping rock platform.

Swimming

All three beaches are dominated by the rock platforms which, coupled with boulders and breaking waves, make this a very hazardous section of coast. Bathing is not recommended outside of some protected tidal pools.

Surfing

There are no recognised breaks along this section.

Fishing

The very accessible rock platforms are low along here and can only be safely fished at low tide.

General

An accessible, rock dominated section of coast, with enough sand to sunbathe and picnic on, but not suitable for swimming.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Petticoat Creek, VIC 3233

Length:
0.2km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic373

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Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Winds
    Winds

Information Symbols

  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

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.

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