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

Loch Ard Gorge VIC

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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Information

About

Port Campbell, VIC 3269

Length:
0.08km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic445

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Friday 20, Apr 2:59 pm

Day 20°    Night 11°
17.6°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and afternoon inshore seabreezes of similar strength
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: breezes of similar strength
Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide

12 am
0.85m
7 am
0.17m
2 pm
1.07m
8 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:40 pm


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Saturday 21, Apr

Day 19°    Night 11°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon then shifting southerly about 10 knots in the west during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to below 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

1 am
0.88m
7 am
0.13m
2 pm
1.07m
8 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:50 pm


Weather

Fri 20, Apr to Fri 27, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly during the day. Afternoon inshore seabreezes around 10 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: breezes around 10 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Fri 20th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:10 pm
Sat 21st 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:50 pm
Sun 22nd 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Mon 23rd 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:40 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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