Between Point Sturt and Hitchcock Gully is 4 km of steep, forested slopes, with the Great Ocean Road winding along about 20 m above the bordering rock platforms. In amongst the rocks, and behind them in places, are seven generally small sand beaches, each dominated to some degree by... Read more
Between Point Sturt and Hitchcock Gully is 4 km of steep, forested slopes, with the Great Ocean Road winding along about 20 m above the bordering rock platforms. In amongst the rocks, and behind them in places, are seven generally small sand beaches, each dominated to some degree by the rock platforms and reefs. They all tend to face south-east, exposing them to waves averaging 1 to 1.5 m. Access to all the beaches requires a climb down the bluffs from the road, with parking limited to the side of the road.Monash Gully is a creek mouth with an 80 m long pocket of sand, bordered by rock platforms and fronted by continuous reef. At low tide it becomes a large tidal pool.
All these beaches are dominated by moderate to high waves, rocks, reefs and rips and are unsuitable for bathing. Only at low tide is it safe to swim in some of the protected tidal pools.
The only break of note along this section is Sawmills, located adjacent to an old sawmill site. It is a right hand reef break that can handle big swell.
There are many good rock and beach fishing sites along here. However, care is required on the rock platforms, which are awash at high tide and during large waves.
Most people drive along here unaware of the small beaches, which are best left to the knowledgable locals.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: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic356