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 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

Sunday 22, Apr 6:49 pm

Day 19°    Night 11°
15.6°C
Hazy

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the far west.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

3 am
1.53m
9 am
0.15m
4 pm
1.83m
10 pm
0.38m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 23, Apr

Day 21°    Night 11°
Possible early fog. Hazy

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending east to northeasterly in the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots in the late evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then decreasing to 1 metre later in the evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

4 am
1.47m
10 am
0.16m
5 pm
1.73m
11 pm
0.40m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:40 pm


Weather

Sun 22, Apr to Sun 29, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 10 to 15 knots turning westerly 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Sun 22nd 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:40 pm
Mon 23rd 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:40 pm
Tue 24th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:40 pm
Wed 25th 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:30 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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