Carrum Beach forms the northern 2 km of the 9 km long Frankston-Carrum beach. The beach, which is located 200 m west of Carrum railway station, houses the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club, Carrum Sailing Club and Patterson River Yacht Club. The latter is next to the Patterson... Read more
Carrum Beach forms the northern 2 km of the 9 km long Frankston-Carrum beach. The beach, which is located 200 m west of Carrum railway station, houses the Carrum Surf Life Saving Club, Carrum Sailing Club and Patterson River Yacht Club. The latter is next to the Patterson River mouth and its short entrance walls. The Carrum Surf Life Saving Club patrols the northern section of the beach and was founded in 1937.The beach faces west-south-west and is exposed to all westerly winds and waves. This produces a 200 m wide, three bar system, that is essentially identical to adjoining Seaford and Frankston Beaches. The inner bar is usually highly rhythmic, alternating every 150 m between shallow shoals and rip holes. The second bar is less rhythmic and the outer bar is straighter still. The beach increases in width toward the river entrance walls, which act as a sand trap. Be careful bathing near the river mouth, as there is a deep tidal channel and strong tidal currents in the river and over the adjoining bars.One kilometre south of the surf club is a short, concrete groyne, backed by a large park and car park. This is also a popular summer bathing area.
Safest on the shallow parts of the inner bar. Watch children near the rip holes and troughs that parallel the inner bar. Stay clear of the river mouth, which has strong tidal currents and boat traffic. Best to bathe between the flags in front of the surf lifesaving club.
During strong westerlies, wind waves up to 2 m high break over the outer bars providing sloppy beach breaks.
Best off the southern groyne and at the river mouth.
Readily accessible by train or car, with numerous aquatic facilities and the added safety of the surf lifesaving club.Read less
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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.