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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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

Weather

Monday 25, Sep 8:49 am

Day 15°    Night 9°
11.9°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  12°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and to 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide

3 am
1.83m
9 am
0.25m
3 pm
1.66m
9 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep

Day 15°    Night 5°
Mostly sunny. Late shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

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 9:50 am to 3:00 pm


Weather

Mon 25, Sep to Mon 02, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots reaching 25 knots in the southeast by late morning. Wind shifting west to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon then tending westerly 15 to 20 knots over western waters during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of thunderstorms with higher squalls in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Mon 25th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 2:40 pm
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 9:40 am to 3:00 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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