Bonbeach Beach forms the southern end of the 7.7 km long beach that includes Bonbeach, Chelsea, Edithvale and Aspendale Beaches. Bonbeach is 1.5 km long, beginning at the northern Patterson River entrance wall and merging with adjoining Chelsea Beach to the north. All four beaches are located near their respective railway stations. Bonbeach has a lifesaving club, however access to the club is down a narrow street and parking is very limited. The club was formed in 1933 and is housed in an old, timber building.
The beach faces west-south-west and is exposed to the full force of westerly winds and waves, which interact with the fine sand to build a beach fronted by three bars extending 200 m bayward. The inner bar usually consists of alternating shallow bars and deeper rip holes, while the outer bars become increasingly straight. The outer two bars are usually inactive during low waves and calms. Strong winds and high waves are required to mobilise the bars and change their configuration. However near the river mouth, strong tidal currents can be encountered.
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.