Broken Head - Beach in Port Campbell Corangamite VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Broken Head VIC

Broken Head is the most seaward protruding of the limestone headlands along this section of coast. It is a good place to view the coast and surf. On the western side of the head are a car park and toilets. Broken Head Beach is located immediately below... Read more

Broken Head is the most seaward protruding of the limestone headlands along this section of coast. It is a good place to view the coast and surf. On the western side of the head are a car park and toilets. Broken Head Beach is located immediately below the car park. Sherbrook Creek flows out on the western side of the car park, with the beach usually blocking the creek. Rutledge Creek Beach is located just around the next bluff and is accessible directly from the Great Ocean Road. A parking area is located above the western end of the beach.The three beaches all face south-west and are backed by 10 to 20 m high cliffs. In addition, there is a small dune area behind Sherbrook Creek Beach. The beaches are composed of medium sand and are consequently steep. Broken Head Beach is 150 m long and slightly more protected, with waves averaging less than 1 m. This usually results in a steep beach with no bar, a heavy shorebreak and deep water off the beach. Sherbrook Creek Beach is more exposed and has a steep beach slope, with a single, often detached bar and a permanent rip off the beach. Rutledge Creek Beach is similar, with a single bar and permanent rip.

Swimming

Sherbrook and Rutledge Creek Beaches are dominated by higher waves and rips and should be avoided. Broken Head Beach is the most accessible and has lower waves, however there can be a heavy shorebreak and currents off the beach. Take care if bathing on any of these beaches.

Surfing

There are beach breaks over the bars and reefs off Sherbrook and Rutledge.

Fishing

There is deep water off all three beaches as well as rip holes at Sherbrook and Rutledge that can be fished from the beach. In addition, Broken Head is used for cliff-top fishing.

General

These are three reasonably accessible beaches, with parking and toilets at Broken Head.

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Information

About

Port Campbell, VIC 3269

Length:
0.15km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic446

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Sunday 19, Feb 10:44 pm

Day 15°    Night 8°
13.6°C
Showers

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 20 to 30 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 4 to 6 metres, decreasing to 4 metres by early evening.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the east in the afternoon and evening with possible hail.

Tide

4 am
0.95m
10 am
0.24m
5 pm
0.88m
10 pm
0.56m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:40 pm


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Monday 20, Feb

Day 17°    Night 9°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 25 knots, reaching 30 knots at first in the far east, decreasing to 10 to 15 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres abating to 1 metre at night.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide

4 am
0.90m
11 am
0.27m
6 pm
0.81m
11 pm
0.66m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:10 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Sun 19, Feb to Sun 26, Feb


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming east to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sun 19th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 5:20 pm
Mon 20th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:10 am to 5:30 pm
Tue 21st 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:40 pm
Wed 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:40 pm

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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