Observatory Point - Beach in Portsea Mornington Peninsula VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Observatory Point VIC

Observatory Point is a 2 km long and up to 500 m wide accumulation of beaches deposited just inside Port Phillip over the past 6 000 years. They have been built by episodic swell, assisted by tidal currents penetrating the bay and moving sand along Nepean Bay, to accumulate... Read more

Observatory Point is a 2 km long and up to 500 m wide accumulation of beaches deposited just inside Port Phillip over the past 6 000 years. They have been built by episodic swell, assisted by tidal currents penetrating the bay and moving sand along Nepean Bay, to accumulate on the point. Today they occupy nearly 100 hectares of low ridges. Much of the point is in the National Park; and the Marine Reserve extends to the point. The eastern section is in Commonwealth land. Access is either by boat or on foot from the Point Nepean Road.

Swimming

BEACHES CLOSED - NO SWIMMING ALLOWED. If swimming were allowed it would be relatively safe at the beaches, with deep water close inshore at high tide, and tidal flats off the Observatory Point Beach. However, there are deep tidal channels just off the Ticonderoga Bay beaches, with strong flows toward Point Nepean on a falling tide.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

Line fishing, spear fishing and collecting of marine organisms are all prohibited in the reserve and park.

General

Most of the point is in a natural state, with the two beaches backed by densely vegetated beach ridges. They make a fitting part of the National Park and Marine Reserve, located next to the ocean entrance to Melbourne.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Information

About

Portsea, VIC 3944

Includes beaches:
Point Nepean Jetty, Nepean Bay 1, Nepean Bay 2, Nepean Bay 3, Ticonderoga Bay, Cadet, Weroona Bay (portsea), Shelly

Length:
1.2km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vicP005

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

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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