Wingan - Beach in Wingan River East Gippsland VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Wingan VIC

Wingan Beach and camping area is one of the most popular spots in Croajingolong National Park. Camping is so popular that a booking system is required for the summer holidays. The camping area can be reached by car along a 34 km gravel road from the Princes Highway.... Read more

Wingan Beach and camping area is one of the most popular spots in Croajingolong National Park. Camping is so popular that a booking system is required for the summer holidays. The camping area can be reached by car along a 34 km gravel road from the Princes Highway. It is another kilometre walk along the Wingan Nature Walk, which includes a board-walk through the Melaleuca swamp and a trek across the dune to the beach. It is well worth the effort, as the beach is one of the nicest on the coast.The beach is 2 km long and faces east at the western end, then swings around to face south by the inlet. It is backed by 60 m high scarped dunes, that have blown across Rame Head. The western end, called Fly Cove after the sand flies, is moderately protected by Rame Head and has a continuous attached bar. However as soon as the waves pick up, rips begin to cut the inner bar every 300 m and an outer bar is soon present. The beach has a low gradient and the surf zone is 200 m wide.The access track from the camping area comes out in the middle of the beach, where waves average 1.4 m and rips dominate. At the eastern end is Wingan Inlet (see Beach 41 for description), while off the inlet are granite rocks and reefs called the Skerries, which are a protected seal colony.

Swimming

Stay close to shore and on the attached portions of the bar. Do not bathe up the beach or near the inlet as waves are larger, rips stronger and a tidal current is present.

Surfing

A popular spot with good, easy beach breaks over the outer bar. Best with a moderate swell and north to north-westerly winds.

Fishing

A very popular spot owing to the good access and choice of lagoon, inlet, beach and rock fishing.

General

One of the nicer beaches on the Australian coast, with a good camping area set in eucalyptus forests; a lovely natural river, lagoon and the beach.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Wingan River, VIC 3891

Length:
2km

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

Beach Key:
 vic042

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • 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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