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

Wednesday 22, Nov 2:28 am

Day 28°    Night 17°
21.8°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

3 am
2.01m
9 am
0.38m
3 pm
1.57m
9 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

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


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Nov

Day 27°    Night 16°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide

3 am
1.96m
9 am
0.39m
3 pm
1.54m
10 pm
0.24m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

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


Weather

Wed 22, Nov to Wed 29, Nov


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the day then becoming easterly 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the east.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

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