Bridgewater Bay Surf
Bridgewater Bay is the site of the Portland Surf Life Saving Club, which is located on this western, 2.8 km long section of beach. This beach also has the best public access of the eight Bridgewater Bay beaches. The eastern half of the beach is backed by 20... Read more
Bridgewater Bay is the site of the Portland Surf Life Saving Club, which is located on this western, 2.8 km long section of beach. This beach also has the best public access of the eight Bridgewater Bay beaches. The eastern half of the beach is backed by 20 to 30 m high, dune-capped calcarenite bluffs that extend east to the calcarenite bluff that separates it from the previous beach. The surf lifesaving club is located toward the western end, where the beach faces south-east and is partially sheltered by Cape Bridgewater.The area around the surf club has a car park, toilets, showers and a kiosk. Apart from a few houses, tea rooms etc. on the other side of the road, these buildings comprise the only development along this large bay. The original Portland Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1947, with the current club at Bridgewater Bay established in 1971. It averages 3 rescues annually.The beach at the surf club consists of fine sand, with waves averaging 1.4 m. These produce a wide, flat beach and surf zone. West of the surf club, the waves and surf decrease, however to the east, the waves and surf rapidly build and widen. There are usually widely spaced rips located along the inner bar, with even more widely spaced rips on the outer bar. In addition, rocks and reefs outcrop along the beach, inducing strong, permanent rips.
The only safe place to bathe on this beach is in the western patrolled area and on the shallow bars. Do not bathe at the eastern end, in the rips or near the rocks.
The wide surf zone is more popular with wind surfers than board riders, though learners will find the wide, inner surf zone a good place to practise. Bigger swell can generate beach breaks at Bombers and Shelly, while further out on the rocks is a right hand break called Boatshed.
There is increasingly high energy beach fishing to the east along the beach, while safer rock fishing is available out along the rocks in Fisherman Cove.
An attractive, if isolated, bay and beach. It is most popular during summer in low wave conditions and when it is patrolled. Higher waves rapidly produce a hazardous beach.Read less
Beach Patrols Change Day
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.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic554