Merricks Beach is a small holiday settlement at the end of Merricks Beach Road. The road ends at a foreshore reserve where there is a yacht club and picnic facilities. The beach meanders for over 2 km south-west from Palmer Bluffs to a more prominent bluff. Beyond... Read more
Merricks Beach is a small holiday settlement at the end of Merricks Beach Road. The road ends at a foreshore reserve where there is a yacht club and picnic facilities. The beach meanders for over 2 km south-west from Palmer Bluffs to a more prominent bluff. Beyond here, East Creek Beach continues to the bluff just past the mouth of East Creek, at Point Leo. Both beaches are backed by 10 to 20 m high, vegetated bluffs, with a low dune backing the northern section of Merricks Beach. Access is at Merricks in the north and on the south side of East Creek. A caravan park sits on the bluffs on the southern side of East Creek.Both beaches receive low wind waves and very rare ocean swell. The beaches tend to be relatively narrow and steep, with deep water at high tide and exposed sand and reef flats at low tide.
Most suitable at mid to high tide, as the tidal flats are exposed at low tide.
Usually none, except when the swell is big. This produces a right hander along the southern point, known as Merricks Point.
Better at high tide when you can fish the reef flats from the beach.
Merricks Beach is mainly used by locals and sailors, while East Creek Beach can only be reached on foot and therefore is little used north of the creek mouth.Read less
Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore in the east during the morning. Winds tending east to northeasterly and easing to 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon and becoming variable along parts of the coast with local inshore seabreezes developing to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: breezes developing to 15 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers in the west, near zero chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm inshore in the afternoon and evening.
Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
Wind: Northeasterly about 10 knots over eastern waters and variable below 10 knots elsewhere. Wind becoming east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots throughout late afternoon and reaching 20 knots in the southeast in the late evening.
Swell: East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres in the east.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The risk of thunderstorms with higher squalls.
Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:10 pm
Wind: Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots over eastern waters and variable below 10 knots elsewhere. Wind variable to 5 knots in the afternoon. Inshore afternoon sea breezes to about 10 knots.
Swell: East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the east.
Seas: breezes to about 10 knots.
Weather: Cloudy. The risk of thunderstorms with higher squalls in the afternoon and evening.
|Tue 16th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 pm|
|Wed 17th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:10 pm|
|Thu 18th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 pm|
|Fri 19th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:30 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.