Port Campbell is the only town along this section of coast, and its beach is one of the few sheltered and relatively safe bathing spots on a notorious stretch of exposed coast. The town and beach occupy a 200 m wide, partially infilled valley, where the small town spreads... Read more
Port Campbell is the only town along this section of coast, and its beach is one of the few sheltered and relatively safe bathing spots on a notorious stretch of exposed coast. The town and beach occupy a 200 m wide, partially infilled valley, where the small town spreads over the eastern slopes. The 150 m long beach is bounded by the valley sides on the east and the entrance to Port Campbell Creek in the west.A reserve, car park and caravan park, together with the Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club, back the beach. The narrow port entrance reduces the waves to a height averaging 0.5 m at the beach. These produce a moderately steep beach fronted by a continuous, narrow bar. Rips only occur during big seas. These big seas often erode the beach, exposing a rocky substrate. The occasional erosion also required a low seawall to be built along the back of the beach. The surf lifesaving club, which was formed in 1963, averages 4 rescues each year.
A relatively safe beach with usually low waves, however the water is deep close inshore, so stay between the flags and away from the rocks to either end. Bigger seas can produce a heavy shorebreak and rips.
Usually a low swash at the beach. Only in big swell does a reef off the eastern point produce a rideable left.
Professional fishers launch their boats from the Port Campbell Jetty. The beach offers fairly placid waters, with the creek and creek mouth the most popular areas. The rocks are exposed and very hazardous and should only be fished in low waves, and if you are very experienced.
Port Campbell is right on the Great Ocean Road and is a major stop-over for sightseers. The reserve between the road and beach offers a lovely spot for a picnic, while the beach is the safest and only patrolled one on this dangerous section of coast. It is the best place to bathe in summer. There is also a Discovery Walk from the first car park on the western side of the bay, to the Two Mile Bay Road.Read less
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Port Campbell SLSC
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.
General Hazard Rating: 4/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic451