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

Marine Warnings

Thu, 22 Feb 17:05
Road Weather Alert for Melbourne

Thu, 22 Feb 16:40
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Weather

Thursday 22, Feb 7:42 pm

Day 24°    Night 18°
22.6°C
Rain at times

Water Temperature  21°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds turning north to northeasterly during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the west.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of rain.

Tide

4 am
1.75m
11 am
0.12m
5 pm
1.68m
11 pm
0.21m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 23, Feb

Day 32°    Night 18°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the west in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

5 am
1.68m
11 am
0.10m
6 pm
1.66m
11 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:10 pm


Weather

Thu 22, Feb to Thu 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots shifting westerly 20 to 30 knots during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Thu 22nd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:20 pm
Fri 23rd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:10 pm
Sat 24th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:20 pm
Sun 25th 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 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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