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

Marine Warnings

Thu, 22 Feb 17:05
Road Weather Alert for Melbourne

Thu, 22 Feb 16:40
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Weather

Thursday 22, Feb 7:46 pm

Day 21°    Night 15°
19.8°C
Rain at times

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning north to northeasterly during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the west.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of rain.

Tide

3 am
0.94m
9 am
0.30m
4 pm
0.88m
9 pm
0.49m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

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


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Friday 23, Feb

Day 29°    Night 16°
Rain at times. Becoming windy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the west in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

3 am
0.96m
10 am
0.25m
4 pm
0.87m
10 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:20 pm


Weather

Thu 22, Feb to Thu 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots shifting westerly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Thu 22nd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:20 pm
Fri 23rd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 24th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:20 pm
Sun 25th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:00 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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