Mallacoota Spit - Beach in Mallacoota East Gippsland VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Mallacoota Spit VIC

The famous Mallacoota Inlet, and infamous bar, form the western end of Mallacoota Spit, a 7 to 8 km long south to south-east facing beach, also called the Big Beach. The length of the beach depends on the location of the inlet, which can shift a kilometre or more.... Read more

The famous Mallacoota Inlet, and infamous bar, form the western end of Mallacoota Spit, a 7 to 8 km long south to south-east facing beach, also called the Big Beach. The length of the beach depends on the location of the inlet, which can shift a kilometre or more. The beach extends to the sandy foreland in lee of Tullaberga Island. It is backed by a low vegetated foredune in the west, which gives way to a series of blowouts to the east. The exposed surf zone receives waves averaging more than 1.5 m, which produce a 350 m wide double bar system. The inner bar is usually attached to the shore and is cut by rips every 300 m, producing up to 24 rips. In addition, the extensive tidal shoals and channels of the inlet dominate the western kilometre of the beach. The western end can easily be reached by boat from Mallacoota, with a long walk required to reach the rest of the beach. In 1994 the inlet closed, thus linking the beach to Bastion Point.

Swimming

A relatively isolated beach, dominated by rips. Use extreme caution and stay clear of rips and on the attached bars, if present. Also be careful near the inlet, as strong tidal currents and a wide surf zone produce hazardous bathing and boating conditions.

Surfing

Waves break over the inner and outer bars along the length of the beach; plus variable breaks over the shifting inlet sand bars.

Fishing

The inlet mouth and the beach running to the north are the most popular areas for beach fishing, but are hazardous for boats. There are numerous rips and troughs along the beach, if you feel like a good walk.

General

A long little used beach away from the Inlet, nice for a walk but hazardous for bathing.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Mallacoota, VIC 3892

Length:
8km

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

Beach Key:
 vic004

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • 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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