Loch Ard Gorge - Beach in Port Campbell Corangamite VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Loch Ard Gorge

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

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.

Swimming

Relatively safe at the beach. However, do not venture out into the gorge as a rip current runs out the entrance.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

The water is moderately deep of the beach.

General

Another very popular tourist stop with one of the few calm beaches on the coast.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
17°C
Water
17°C
UV Rating
9 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Passenger ferry
Train
Bus
Tuesday, 25 Feb 10:03

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Port Campbell, VIC 3269
Length: 0.08km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic445