Parkdale Beach is located between Mordialloc and Mentone Beaches and 1 km south of the Parkdale railway station. Beach Road runs along the top of the bluff that backs the beach, the road providing most of the parking for the 1.5 km long beach. The beach has been... Read more
Parkdale Beach is located between Mordialloc and Mentone Beaches and 1 km south of the Parkdale railway station. Beach Road runs along the top of the bluff that backs the beach, the road providing most of the parking for the 1.5 km long beach. The beach has been severely eroded in the past, exposing the bluffs and rocks. As a result, the beach was renourished in the 1970s and 80s.The Parkdale Life Saving Club was founded in 1922 and is located just off Beach Road. It stands on the edge of the 10 m high bluff, with a bike and walking path running along the base of the bluff. This path is part of the seawall, built in the 1960s to protect the eroding bluff. Also a small groyne is located just south of the club, while rocks are exposed to the north, providing a 'pocket' of sand on either side of the club house. The Parkdale Yacht Club is located 400 m north of the rocks.The beach faces the south-west and is exposed to south-west to westerly winds and waves. These produce a beach of variable width, fronted by two bars. The shape of the beach and inner bar are also influenced by the presence of the bluff, and rocks and reef in the surf zone. The result of this is the formation of more rips and a more disjointed bar. The outer bar is more continuous.
It is safest to stay in the pocket of sand below the lifesaving club, under the watchful eye of the lifesavers. Avoid the rocky areas, as deeper rip holes form next to the rocks and reefs; stay on the shallower, attached bars.
During strong westerlies, wind waves up to 2 m high break over the outer bars, providing sloppy beach breaks.
A popular section of beach owing to the easy parking and access. There are good views and numerous holes next to the rocky sections.
The beach at the club house is 'small' and offers a change from the adjacent longer beaches, plus the facilities of the lifesaving club.Read less
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.