At Barwon Heads, the coast trends due west for 7 km to Black Rocks. The first 2 km are dominated by calcarenite rocks and reefs, which outcrop on the beach and in the surf. These divide the coast into three beaches. The first (285) is below Point... Read more
At Barwon Heads, the coast trends due west for 7 km to Black Rocks. The first 2 km are dominated by calcarenite rocks and reefs, which outcrop on the beach and in the surf. These divide the coast into three beaches. The first (285) is below Point Finders and is a 50 m pocket of sand facing south-east and bordered by rock platforms and reefs. The two Barwon Heads beaches (286, 287) face south and are more exposed, with higher waves and patchy reefs. These conditions result in a wide, low gradient beach, rock flat and surf, with persistent and some permanent rips against the reefs.All three beaches are easily accessible. There is a car park and a lookout on Point Flinders, and car parks on the Torquay Road, which parallels the two Barwon Heads beaches.
Point Flinders is relatively safe close inshore, however there are rocks and reefs off the beach. The Barwon Heads beaches are both potentially hazardous, owing to the higher waves, reefs and strong permanent rips.
There are several breaks along this section, mostly reef breaks that work best at higher tide, with a low to moderate swell and north winds. Those immediately west of Point Flinders are called The Hole.
There are excellent rip holes and gutters next to the reefs, together with rocks and reefs to fish from at low tide.
A reef dominated section of coast, most suitable for beach fishing and experienced surfers.Read less
Fri, 17 Aug 05:13
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria
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.
Sun protection not recommended
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.
Sun protection not recommended
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.
|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.