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
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 12:52 am

Day 23°    Night 18°
21.2°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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