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)

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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

Fri, 26 May 05:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Weather

Friday 26, May 8:07 am

Day 16°    Night 8°
10°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  16°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots before dawn then becoming northerly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon. Northerly winds increasing to 15 to 20 knots at night.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore by early evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

11 am
1.85m
4 am
0.14m
11 pm
1.55m
5 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 27, May

Day 19°    Night 9°
Late shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots shifting southwesterly 25 to 30 knots later at night.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning, then increasing to 3 to 4 metres by early evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

6 am
0.09m
12 pm
1.99m
6 pm
0.49m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Fri 26, May to Fri 02, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 20 to 30 knots turning southwesterly during the afternoon. Squalls to 40 knots possible with showers or thunderstorms.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres.
Seas: 2 to 2.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers, with possible hail. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Fri 26th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 27th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sun 28th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Mon 29th 2 (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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