Bridgewater Bay Surf - Beach in Cape Bridgewater Glenelg VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Bridgewater Bay Surf

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

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.

General

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.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

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.

Portland SLSC

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
C
Water
14°C
UV Rating
5 / 11

Hazards

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Topographic rips
Topographic rips

Strong Currents

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Public phone
Shade
Dressing shed
Toilets
Shops
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Drinking water
Showers
Passenger ferry
Train
Bus
Boat ramp
Saturday, 26 Sep 4:45

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.


Cape Bridgewater, VIC 3305
Length: 2.8km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic554