Barwon River - Beach in Barwon Heads Greater Geelong VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Barwon River VIC

The Barwon River enters the sea in lee of Barwon Heads. The river flows along the eastern side of the heads and the reefs, that run for another 1 km to the east. The tip of the head is called Point Flinders, which is a 20 m high... Read more

The Barwon River enters the sea in lee of Barwon Heads. The river flows along the eastern side of the heads and the reefs, that run for another 1 km to the east. The tip of the head is called Point Flinders, which is a 20 m high sand dune surrounded by rock platforms and reefs. In behind the point, a narrow sand beach runs up along the river to the bridge. The beach is initially backed by a seawall and foreshore reserve, and then the Barwon Heads caravan and camping area. Closer to the bridge there are two car parks and a jetty.The beach is narrow, steep and usually calm. However, shifting tidal shoals, deeper channels and strong currents parallel the beach.

Swimming

This beach is a popular spot for people from the backing caravan park and those looking for calmer waters. Take care as water depth varies with the tide and the shifting banks, and strong tidal currents flow past the beach.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

A very popular spot, with fishing from the jetty or, at high tide, straight off the beach or rocks into the river.

General

A very accessible and quiet beach. Very popular in summer, however care must be taken with the deep channels and tidal currents.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Barwon Heads, VIC 3227

Length:
0.7km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic284

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry
  • Boat ramp

Marine Warnings

Fri, 17 Aug 05:13
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Weather

Friday 17, Aug 6:01 am

Day 16°    Night 5°
6.2°C
Rain at times

Water Temperature  11°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the morning and further increasing to 25 to 35 knots in the late afternoon. A westerly change of 20 to 30 knots extending from the west during the evening.
Swell: Westerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 95% chance of rain, with possible hail in the west at night. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

4 am
1.78m
10 am
0.15m
4 pm
1.82m
10 pm
0.10m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Saturday 18, Aug

Day 12°    Night 6°
Showers easing. Windy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 25 to 35 knots turning southwesterly 30 to 35 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Westerly 3 to 4 metres, tending southwesterly 4 to 6 metres during the morning.
Seas: 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Possible hail.

Tide

4 am
1.78m
10 am
0.21m
4 pm
1.75m
11 pm
0.10m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Fri 17, Aug to Fri 24, Aug


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 5 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the evening. 2nd
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers, with possible hail.

Tide


UV

Fri 17th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 18th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sun 19th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Mon 20th 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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