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Surf Beach is the first surfing beach east of Portland. It begins at the mouth of the Surry River and runs for 11 km south-west to Portland. The shoreline meanders due to a series of 1 to 2 km long shoreline protrusions. Toward the west at Dutton Way, erosion has resulted in loss of the western end of the beach back to the seacliffs. To combat the beach erosion, a 3 km long basalt boulder seawall and several groynes have been constructed since 1960. The seawall follows the shoreline protrusions and for the most part has replaced the beach. Most of the beach is backed by a series of low foredunes, in places 1 km wide. The beach is accessible at Narrawong and in the west along Dutton Way, which parallels the beach and seawall. The seawall area is dangerous for bathing. There is one small pocket beach in the seawall next to the caravan park. Wave height is reduced westward along the beach by refraction around the large Cape Nelson and by Minerva Reef. It averages 1.5 m at Narrawong, but reduces to 1 m along Dutton Way. The surf zone is about 100 m wide, with two bars in the east and one to the west. The inner bar is usually low and attached, with rips more common following high seas. The rips are spaced every 500 m. High tide waves crash against the seawall and often over the road.
Beach Length: 11km
General Hazard Rating: 5/11

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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.


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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.