13th - Beach in Barwon Heads Greater Geelong VIC - SLS Beachsafe

13th VIC

Thirteenth Beach is part of the 7 km long section of coast between Barwon Heads and Black Rock. It occupies the western 4.5 km and faces essentially due south. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m, is moderately sloping and is fronted by a single bar, dominated by... Read more

Thirteenth Beach is part of the 7 km long section of coast between Barwon Heads and Black Rock. It occupies the western 4.5 km and faces essentially due south. The beach receives waves averaging 1.5 m, is moderately sloping and is fronted by a single bar, dominated by rips every 250 m. The beach is backed by a vegetated foredune for most of its length, and the Barwon Heads to Torquay Road. The best access is provided at the surf lifesaving club, with additional car parks and access tracks located along the road. The surf club, founded in 1961, is the only development on what is a relatively natural beach. Its members rescue 5 people on average each year.

Swimming

Rips are a common feature of the beach, with safest bathing on the bars in the patrolled area. Strong permanent rips lie east of the surf club. The western end is adjacent to the Black Rock sewer outlet and should be avoided.

Surfing

A popular surfing beach with low to moderate swell providing numerous beach breaks, all readily accessible from the main road. One of the more popular areas is in front of the shipping beacon, known as The Beacon. Best with northerly winds.

Fishing

A good, natural spot for beach fishing, with good road access to the numerous rip holes that persist along the beach.

General

A relatively undeveloped beach, more popular with surfers and bathers who want a patrolled beach away from the crowds.

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Barwon Heads/13th Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Barwon Heads, VIC 3227

Length:
4.5km

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

Beach Key:
 vic288

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Marine Warnings

Wed, 22 Feb 05:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Wed, 22 Feb 04:59
Fire Weather Warning

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 5:48 am

Day 28°    Night 13°
10.9°C
Mostly sunny. Late change

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots tending northerly 20 to 30 knots around midday then shifting west to northwesterly 25 to 35 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east by early evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

7 am
1.31m
1 am
0.43m
8 pm
1.34m
2 pm
0.12m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 22°    Night 15°
Cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 30 to 35 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Westerly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 30% chance of drizzle in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

8 am
1.21m
2 am
0.52m
10 pm
1.30m
2 pm
0.16m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres in the west during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 20% chance of drizzle.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:40 pm
Thu 23rd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Fri 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 25th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm

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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