DISCOVERY BAY/NELSON Beach is patrolled and has green covid status

VIC Glenelg Nelson Directions
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The second long section of the Discovery Bay beach system runs for 10.3 km from the western end of Nobles Rocks Beach to the Glenelg River mouth. This section is backed by active coastal dunes extending a few hundred metres inland and reaching heights of 10 to 20 m. The only access points are at each end: at Nobles Rocks and Nelson. There is also a walk-in campsite at Long Swamp. The beach faces south-west and receives waves averaging over 1.5 m, which combine with the fine sand to maintain a 400 m wide, triple bar system. The inner bar is attached and cut by rips every 500 m, while deep troughs separate the outer two bars. In addition, there are permanent rips against Nobles Rocks and several patchy reefs along the beach. Tidal currents and shifting shoals are associated with the Glenelg River mouth.
Beach Length: 10.3km
General Hazard Rating: 8/11

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

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.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
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