Gunnamatta - Beach in Fingal Mornington Peninsula VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Gunnamatta VIC

Gunnamatta Beach is an exposed, high energy beach with a wide, rip dominated surf zone. It is located in the Mornington Peninsula National Park and is part of the 30 km long sandy and rocky coast that extends from Cape Schanck to Point Nepean. The Gunnamatta section is... Read more

Gunnamatta Beach is an exposed, high energy beach with a wide, rip dominated surf zone. It is located in the Mornington Peninsula National Park and is part of the 30 km long sandy and rocky coast that extends from Cape Schanck to Point Nepean. The Gunnamatta section is 3 km long, with extensive intertidal calcarenite reefs and rocks forming the boundaries, with some smaller reefs on the beach and in the surf. Truemans Road runs out through the dunes to the beach, where there is a large car park and the surf lifesaving club.The beach faces south-west, exposing it to high westerly winds and waves. The waves average 1.9 m and combine with the medium sand to produce a 150 m wide single bar surf zone. The bar is cut by strong rips every 300 m, together with additional permanent rips next to major reefs and rocks. The rips intensify around low tide.The Gunnamatta Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1966. This is a very hazardous beach, with an average of 113 rescues a year, second only to its neighbouring Portsea Beach.

Swimming

This is a potentially hazardous beach for swimming, with usually high waves and strong rips close to shore. Definitely stay between the flags, on the bar and away from the rips, rocks and reefs.

Surfing

Gunnamatta offers the best beach breaks on the Mornington Peninsula, with consistency guaranteed by the high swell and reefs. Good breaks are found Down the Beach past the surf club, in front of the First and Second Car Parks, and up the beach at the Pumping Station, which is, however, polluted by the sewerage outfall. Best conditions are with a low to moderate swell and north-easterly winds.

Fishing

Deep rip holes and gutters, together with rocks and reefs, are a permanent feature of this beach and make it a popular spot for beach and rock fishing.

General

A high energy, hazardous beach backed by extensive sand dunes. Best suited for experienced bathers and surfers.

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Patrolled Unpatrolled Today Change Day

Gunnamatta SLSC

Mon

19/02

Tue

20/02

Wed

21/02

Thu

22/02

Fri

23/02

Sat

24/02

Sun

25/02

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13:00 - 16:30

10:30 - 16:30

Gunnamatta (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Fingal, VIC 3939

Length:
3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
8/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic253

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • 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 7:33 pm

Day 22°    Night 19°
18°C
Light rain at times

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots offshore in the evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

7 am
0.66m
1 am
0.18m
8 pm
0.64m
2 pm
0.12m

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 28°    Night 19°
Rain at times clearing

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending north to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots early in the afternoon.
Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the afternoon.
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: Cloudy. 60% chance of rain.

Tide

8 am
0.72m
2 am
0.24m
9 pm
0.69m
2 pm
0.13m

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: Northerly 20 to 30 knots turning westerly during the afternoon.
Swell: West to southwesterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to around 1 metre offshore during the afternoon or evening. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Thu 22nd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 5:10 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 5:10 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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