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

Tuesday 26, Sep 2:44 am

Day 15°    Night 5°
5.3°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  12°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable below 10 knots early in the morning then becoming east to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the late afternoon. Inshore winds tending east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots for a period in the afternoon and early evening.
Swell: Westerly 1.5 to 2 metres, tending southwesterly 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the evening.

Tide

3 am
1.81m
9 am
0.28m
3 pm
1.62m
10 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 27, Sep

Day 21°    Night 7°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 20 to 25 knots tending north to northwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the morning then shifting west to northwesterly 20 to 30 knots in the late afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2.5 metres. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

4 am
1.76m
10 am
0.30m
4 pm
1.57m
10 pm
0.22m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:00 pm


Weather

Tue 26, Sep to Tue 03, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Tue 26th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 3:00 pm
Wed 27th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:00 pm
Thu 28th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 3:10 pm
Fri 29th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 2:50 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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