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

Weather

Thursday 24, May 4:19 am

Day 16°    Night 10°
12.7°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  15°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide

6 am
1.43m
12 am
0.39m
6 pm
1.64m
12 pm
0.30m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 25, May

Day 15°    Night 9°
Becoming sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres inshore, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

7 am
1.44m
12 am
0.38m
7 pm
1.57m
1 pm
0.39m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Thu 24, May to Thu 31, May


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly during the morning and increasing 15 to 20 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the west during the evening.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Thu 24th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 25th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 26th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sun 27th 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.

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