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.
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.
There are beach breaks over the bars and reefs off Sherbrook and Rutledge.
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.
These are three reasonably accessible beaches, with parking and toilets at Broken Head.Read less
Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable below 10 knots early in the morning then becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon. Inshore winds tending east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots for a period in the afternoon and early evening.
Swell: Westerly 1.5 to 2 metres, tending southwesterly 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the evening.
Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 2:50 pm
Wind: Northeasterly 20 to 25 knots tending north to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning then shifting west to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.
Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 3:10 pm
Wind: Westerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
|Tue 26th||5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm|
|Wed 27th||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 3:10 pm|
|Thu 28th||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:10 pm|
|Fri 29th||5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 2:50 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.