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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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.

Barwon Heads/13th Beach SLSC

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

Weather

Tuesday 17, Jul 8:01 pm

Day 15°    Night 8°
9.3°C
Showers. Windy

Water Temperature  12°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 30 to 35 knots tending northerly 35 to 45 knots during the morning. A west to northwesterly change 30 to 40 knots reaching the far west late morning, and extending throughout by early afternoon. Winds easing to 25 to 30 knots at night.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the morning, then tending westerly 3 to 5 metres around midday.
Seas: 3 to 5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning. Possible hail in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

2 am
1.55m
8 am
0.04m
3 pm
1.96m
9 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 18, Jul

Day 15°    Night 5°
Windy. Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 25 to 30 knots turning northwesterly before dawn and increasing to 30 to 40 knots during the morning. Winds tending west to northwesterly 25 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 5 to 6 metres.
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

3 am
1.63m
9 am
0.07m
3 pm
1.95m
10 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Tue 17, Jul to Tue 24, Jul


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning westerly during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 5 to 7 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening. Possible hail in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Tue 17th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 18th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 19th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 20th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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