Loch Ard Gorge is named after the famous 1878 shipwreck on nearby Mutton Bird Island. Fifty-two people were lost from the Loch Ard and only two teenage survivors were fortunate enough to be washed into the only safe gorge on the coast. Other people on the ship were... Read more
Loch Ard Gorge is named after the famous 1878 shipwreck on nearby Mutton Bird Island. Fifty-two people were lost from the Loch Ard and only two teenage survivors were fortunate enough to be washed into the only safe gorge on the coast. Other people on the ship were washed into adjacent gorges and perished. Loch Ard Gorge is unusual for this section of coast, in that it has a relatively calm interior. It has a low energy beach and moderate slopes that can be climbed, as they were by wreck survivor Tom Pearce when he went to seek help. Today the Great Ocean Road backs the gorge, together with a car park, a small cemetery (where the four recovered wreck victims are buried) and steps down to the beach.The beach is 80 m long and is located 300 m deep inside the narrow gorge. Even during high seas, waves are low at the beach, while a surf may break across the entrance.
Relatively safe at the beach. However, do not venture out into the gorge as a rip current runs out the entrance.
The water is moderately deep of the beach.
Another very popular tourist stop with one of the few calm beaches on the coast.Read less
Wind: Northerly 20 to 30 knots increasing to 30 to 40 knots during the afternoon before turning west to northwesterly 30 to 40 knots at night.
Swell: Westerly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: Northwesterly 25 to 35 knots shifting westerly 30 to 40 knots during the morning.
Swell: Westerly 4 to 7 metres.
Seas: 3 to 5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: Westerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning then tending northwesterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Westerly 6 to 7 metres, tending southwesterly 4 to 6 metres during the morning.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 60% chance of light showers.
|Mon 23rd||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Tue 24th||1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Wed 25th||1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Thu 26th||1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
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.