Caraar - Beach in Mornington Mornington Peninsula VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Caraar VIC

Between Mills Beach and Sunnyside North is a 2.5 km section of coast containing four beaches, that are either dominated or bounded by sandstone rocks, reefs and bluffs. Caraar Creek crosses the southern end of Caraar Beach. Access is limited to street parking on the bluffs behind Mills... Read more

Between Mills Beach and Sunnyside North is a 2.5 km section of coast containing four beaches, that are either dominated or bounded by sandstone rocks, reefs and bluffs. Caraar Creek crosses the southern end of Caraar Beach. Access is limited to street parking on the bluffs behind Mills East, Caraar and Sunnyside, while Sunnyside North is only accessible on foot around the rocks.The four beaches all face north-west and are exposed to westerly winds and accompanying waves. These produce a near continuous outer surf zone during storm conditions. During the more regular low waves, Mills Beach East and Caraar Beach have a steep, narrow beach and a surf zone dominated by rocks and reefs; and the two Sunnyside beaches have a bar cut by one to two rip channels, particularly against the rocks.

Swimming

Mills East and Caraar are only suitable for bathing at high tide in calm conditions, as there are many rocks off the beach. When waves are breaking, strong currents also occur amongst the rocks. The two Sunnyside beaches are relatively safe during low waves, however any surf will intensify the longshore and rip currents, particularly against the bluffs.

Surfing

Only at the Sunnyside beaches during westerly gales, when 1 to 2 m wind waves will break on the bars.

Fishing

Best off the rocks at Mills East and Caraar, and on the rocks either side of the Sunnyside beaches.

General

Four relatively natural beaches, with Sunnyside North also being an official Optional Dress (ie. nude) Beach.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Mornington, VIC 3931

Includes beaches:
Mills, Mills East, Sunnyside, Sunnyside North, Moondah, Earimil, Ranelagh, Half Moon Bay, Canadian Bay

Length:
0.85km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vicP032

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds

Information Symbols

  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

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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