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

Weather

Wednesday 20, Jun 3:14 pm

Day 13°    Night 6°
13.9°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  13°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots turning northwesterly during the morning and early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 25 knots in the far west in the late morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning, then tending westerly 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

4 am
1.57m
10 am
0.15m
5 pm
1.90m
11 pm
0.30m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 21, Jun

Day 14°    Night 5°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: West to southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the early morning.

Tide

5 am
1.57m
11 am
0.22m
5 pm
1.81m
11 pm
0.28m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Wed 20, Jun to Wed 27, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Wed 20th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 21st 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 22nd 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 23rd 1 (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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