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

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 6:31 am

Day 23°    Night 18°
19.8°C
Showers increasing

Water Temperature  15°C


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northwesterly during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

5 am
1.84m
11 am
0.35m
5 pm
1.54m
11 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 17, Oct

Day 20°    Night 14°
Shower or two

Wind


Wind: Northerly 5 to 10 knots becoming southeasterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The risk of thunderstorm in the afternoon with higher squalls.

Tide

6 am
1.75m
11 am
0.38m
5 pm
1.48m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm


Weather

Tue 16, Oct to Tue 23, Oct


Wind


Wind: Southerly about 5 knots shifting west to southwesterly around 10 knots in the afternoon, then tending west to northwesterly around 5 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Tue 16th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm
Wed 17th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm
Thu 18th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm
Fri 19th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:30 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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