Point Ricardo - Marlo - Beach in Marlo East Gippsland VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Point Ricardo - Marlo

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

West of Point Ricardo, the beach can extend for anywhere between 2 and 7 km; the actual length at any time depending on the location of the Snowy River mouth. When the river flows straight out to sea at Marlo, the beach is 7 km long. However, as... Read more

West of Point Ricardo, the beach can extend for anywhere between 2 and 7 km; the actual length at any time depending on the location of the Snowy River mouth. When the river flows straight out to sea at Marlo, the beach is 7 km long. However, as the south-westerly waves push the entrance eastward, the beach shortens; until a large flood occurs, that will usually take the entrance back to Marlo.The Marlo - Cape Conran road parallels the beach, but access can only be obtained along the western few kilometres; east of the water-filled French Narrows. The road runs along the top of 40 m high bluffs, with dune ramps providing access to the beach below.The beach faces due south and receives waves averaging 1.5 m; which combine with the medium sand to build a relatively steep beach face. This is fronted by a narrow continuous bar on which waves break heavily. A deep trough separates this bar from the outer bar. Towards the river mouth, tidal currents and shoals produce strong variable currents and very hazardous conditions for bathers and boaters.

Swimming

Not recommended on this isolated and hazardous beach. Even during low waves the water is deep close in and currents can flow along the trough.

Surfing

Beach breaks on the outer bar are best with low to moderate swell and northerly winds. Nearer the Snowy River mouth the river bars can produce some long rights.

Fishing

The deep longshore trough can be fished from the beach, while the River mouth provides additional attractions.

General

A very dynamic beach and River mouth which can be viewed from the road. Usually unsuitable for swimming.

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Topographic rips
Topographic rips
Winds
Winds

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Street parking
Passenger ferry
Train
Bus
Saturday, 4 Apr 6:20

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.


Marlo, VIC 3888
Length: 7km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic074