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

Friday 20, Apr 9:04 am

Day 18°    Night 11°
11.3°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and afternoon inshore seabreezes of similar strength
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: breezes of similar strength
Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide

2 am
1.64m
8 am
0.13m
3 pm
1.95m
8 pm
0.36m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 21, Apr

Day 21°    Night 11°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon then shifting southerly about 10 knots in the west during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to below 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

3 am
1.59m
9 am
0.14m
3 pm
1.91m
9 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:50 pm


Weather

Fri 20, Apr to Fri 27, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly during the day. Afternoon inshore seabreezes around 10 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: breezes around 10 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Fri 20th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:20 am to 2:00 pm
Sat 21st 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:50 pm
Sun 22nd 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Mon 23rd 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:40 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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