Point Flinders - Beach in Barwon Heads Greater Geelong VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Point Flinders VIC

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.

Swimming

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.

Surfing

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.

Fishing

There are excellent rip holes and gutters next to the reefs, together with rocks and reefs to fish from at low tide.

General

A reef dominated section of coast, most suitable for beach fishing and experienced surfers.

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Information

About

Barwon Heads, VIC 3227

Length:
0.05km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic285

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Marine Warnings

Wed, 22 Feb 05:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Wed, 22 Feb 04:59
Fire Weather Warning

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 5:51 am

Day 28°    Night 13°
10.9°C
Mostly sunny. Late change

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots tending northerly 20 to 30 knots around midday then shifting west to northwesterly 25 to 35 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east by early evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

7 am
1.31m
1 am
0.43m
8 pm
1.34m
2 pm
0.12m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 22°    Night 15°
Cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 30 to 35 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Westerly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 30% chance of drizzle in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

8 am
1.21m
2 am
0.52m
10 pm
1.30m
2 pm
0.16m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres in the west during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 20% chance of drizzle.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:40 pm
Thu 23rd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Fri 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 25th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 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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