Portsea (back) - Beach in Portsea Mornington Peninsula VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Portsea (back) VIC

Portsea Beach is one of Victoria's most popular and infamous beaches, being the site of regular ironman contests, but also near the spot where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in the surf in 1967. Portsea is a popular summer beach with extensive parking areas in the dunes, all of... Read more

Portsea Beach is one of Victoria's most popular and infamous beaches, being the site of regular ironman contests, but also near the spot where Prime Minister Harold Holt disappeared in the surf in 1967. Portsea is a popular summer beach with extensive parking areas in the dunes, all of which provide a good view of the beach, its wide surf zone and many rips and reefs. So take a good look before you go down and enter the surf. The beach is 2.5 km long, with extensive intertidal calcarenite rock platforms and reefs forming the boundaries, together with smaller reefs and rocks outcropping along the beach. It faces the south-west and receives the full force of the south-west waves and westerly winds. The waves average 1.8 m and combine with the finer sand and reefs to produce a 200 m wide surf zone, containing rip dominated inner and outer bars. Rips occur every 300 m along the inner bar, with strong permanent rips against major reefs. One permanent rip to the right of the surf club is known as Huey's Reef.The Portsea Back Beach Road provides good access to the car parks and lookout above the beach, with a steep walk down to the beach and surf lifesaving club. The club was founded in 1949 and averages 143 rescues a year, the highest in Victoria.

Swimming

A popular summer beach, however definitely stay on the bar and between the flags, and clear of the rips, rocks and reefs, particularly at low tide when the rips intensify.

Surfing

A popular surfing spot in summer, when Portsea is overrun with holiday makers. The beach breaks occur over the bars and reefs, with best conditions during low to moderate swell and northerly winds.

Fishing

A popular spot for beach and rock fishing, with deep rip holes a permanent feature, together with rocks and reef along the beach.

General

One of Victoria's better known and most popular summer beaches, however also one of its most potentially hazardous. Best suited for experienced bathers and surfers.

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Patrolled Unpatrolled Today Change Day

Portsea SLSC

Mon

20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

Sun

26/02

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13:00 - 17:00

10:00 - 17:00

Portsea (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Portsea, VIC 3944

Length:
2.5km

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

Beach Key:
 vic269

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Kiosk
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Marine Warnings

Wed, 22 Feb 05:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria

Wed, 22 Feb 04:59
Fire Weather Warning

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 5:54 am

Day 31°    Night 12°
10.9°C
Mostly sunny. Late change

Water Temperature  20°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 25 knots tending northerly 20 to 30 knots around midday then shifting west to northwesterly 25 to 35 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the east by early evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower in the afternoon and evening.

Tide

8 am
0.73m
2 am
0.45m
10 pm
0.67m
2 pm
0.18m

UV

Index: 10 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 22°    Night 15°
Cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to northwesterly 30 to 35 knots turning southwesterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning.
Swell: Westerly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 30% chance of drizzle in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

9 am
0.71m
3 am
0.51m
11 pm
0.70m
3 pm
0.22m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres in the west during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 20% chance of drizzle.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 5:40 pm
Thu 23rd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm
Fri 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 25th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 5:20 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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