Raffs - Beach in Barwon Heads Greater Geelong VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Raffs VIC

Raffs Beach occupies the western 1.5 km of the 11 km long stretch of sand and reef that runs from Point Lonsdale to the Barwon River mouth. The beach extends from the western side of Ocean Grove out to the river mouth. It is backed by a 200... Read more

Raffs Beach occupies the western 1.5 km of the 11 km long stretch of sand and reef that runs from Point Lonsdale to the Barwon River mouth. The beach extends from the western side of Ocean Grove out to the river mouth. It is backed by a 200 m wide, vegetated sand spit with the Barwon River on the other side. The Barwon Heads Road parallels the beach. There is a foreshore reserve between the road and the beach, that has a camping area on both sides of the road. It also has a car park and numerous beach access tracks over the low dunes.The beach swings around in lee of Barwon Heads to face south, then south-east. Waves are lowered by refracting around the head, and average 0.6 m at the beach. This produces a wide, low gradient, continuous bar, which is usually free of rips.

Swimming

A moderately safe beach that is better at high tide, with a greater chance of rips at low tide. Be careful near the river mouth as it has deep tidal channels and strong currents.

Surfing

There are beach breaks, which decrease in size, all the way to the river mouth. Best conditions are in a moderate swell and north-west to westerly winds. This is a good place to check out when westerlies are blowing.

Fishing

The river mouth is the best location, as the beach tends to be wide and shallow.

General

A popular summer camping area, with people using both the beach and backing river for various recreational pursuits.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Barwon Heads, VIC 3227

Includes beaches:
Collendina - Raffs, Collendina, Ocean Grove

Length:
1.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic283C

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Winds
    Winds

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Public phone
  • Kiosk
  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Showers
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

Weather

Tuesday 20, Nov 7:18 pm

Day 26°    Night 20°
15.9°C
Showers

Water Temperature  16°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots in the far east early in the morning. Winds shifting southwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the late morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the west. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Cloudy. 70% chance of showers.

Tide

9 am
1.35m
2 am
0.69m
10 pm
1.26m
3 pm
0.58m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 21, Nov

Day 18°    Night 10°
Late showers

Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending northeast to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots in the morning then tending north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Tide

10 am
1.33m
3 am
0.79m
11 pm
1.41m
4 pm
0.51m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:00 pm


Weather

Tue 20, Nov to Tue 27, Nov


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning southwesterly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, tending south to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers, with possible small hail in the morning.

Tide


UV

Tue 20th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:00 pm
Wed 21st 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:00 pm
Thu 22nd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:00 pm
Fri 23rd 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:00 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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