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

Weather

Monday 25, Sep 8:54 am

Day 15°    Night 9°
11.9°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  12°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds decreasing to 15 to 20 knots during the afternoon and to 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 3 to 4 metres offshore.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide

3 am
1.83m
9 am
0.25m
3 pm
1.66m
9 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 6 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep

Day 15°    Night 5°
Mostly sunny. Late shower

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

3 am
1.81m
9 am
0.28m
3 pm
1.62m
10 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 5 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 3:00 pm


Weather

Mon 25, Sep to Mon 02, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots reaching 25 knots in the southeast by late morning. Wind shifting west to northwesterly 20 to 25 knots during the afternoon then tending westerly 15 to 20 knots over western waters during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of thunderstorms with higher squalls in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Mon 25th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 2:40 pm
Tue 26th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 3:00 pm
Wed 27th 5 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:00 pm
Thu 28th 6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 3:00 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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