Eastern - Beach in Lakes Entrance East Gippsland VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Eastern VIC

Eastern Beach is the northern section of the great Ninety Mile Beach. It begins at Red Bluff, a popular surfing spot, and runs straight west-south-westerly for 8 km to the training walls at Lakes Entrance. The beach faces straight into the dominant southerly waves and receives waves averaging... Read more

Eastern Beach is the northern section of the great Ninety Mile Beach. It begins at Red Bluff, a popular surfing spot, and runs straight west-south-westerly for 8 km to the training walls at Lakes Entrance. The beach faces straight into the dominant southerly waves and receives waves averaging 1.5 m. These waves, as for most of Ninety Mile Beach, produce a 100 m wide surf zone characterised by a usually steep beach face, then a 50 m wide, 2-3 m deep trough fronted by a continuous bar. This bar is cut by rip channels and currents every 200 m; resulting in up to 30 or more rips along the beach.The Lakes Entrance Surf Life Saving Club is located at the end of the footbridge from the town of Lakes Entrance. This is a popular beach for bathing, surfing, walking and fishing; particularly as it is the closest and most accessible beach to Lakes Entrance. The surf lifesaving club was founded in 1956 and averages 17 rescues a year. The beach is only accessible by car at three locations: Red Bluff in the north; at the Eastern Beach car park in the centre; and via the Lakes Entrance footbridge.

Swimming

Only bathe between the flags at the surf club, as this is an exposed beach with deep troughs and persistent rips. Rips increase adjacent to Red Bluff and toward the entrance walls. Strong winds, particularly from the south and west, intensify the longshore and rip currents.

Surfing

A popular spot, more for its accessibility than its waves. Best at Red Bluff, where the reefs provide more consistent breaks, and toward the lake entrance where tidal shoals can produce some longer rides. Otherwise the beach breaks depend on the bars, waves, tide and wind and hence are highly variable. All spots are best in a northerly, with moderate south swell.

Fishing

Like most of Ninety Mile Beach, this is very popular for beach fishing, with a deep trough usually running the length of the beach. Rip channels or holes are also common. Rock and reef fishing on Ninety Mile Beach is only available at Red Bluff and at the north entrance wall.

General

This is the most popular spot on Ninety Mile Beach. It offers a safer, patrolled beach, with plenty of room for walking and fishing. However, the deep trough and rips produce hazardous bathing conditions and a reasonable surf. So bathe between the flags and only surf with friends.

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Eastern Beach (Lifeguards)

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Lakes Entrance SLSC

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Information

About

Lakes Entrance, VIC 3909

Includes beaches:
Main Beach, Eastern

Length:
8km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic077

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Kiosk
  • Playground
  • Shade
  • Dressing shed
  • Shelters
  • Toilets
  • Park
  • Picnic
  • Drinking water
  • Showers
  • Vehicle ferry
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

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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