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

11/12

Tue

12/12

Wed

13/12

Thu

14/12

Fri

15/12

Sat

16/12

Sun

17/12

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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

Weather

Thursday 14, Dec 7:10 pm

Day 23°    Night 18°
22.7°C
Clear

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots easing to 10 to 15 knots at night.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the east in the early morning.

Tide

9 am
0.74m
2 am
0.34m
10 pm
0.66m
3 pm
0.19m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 15, Dec

Day 24°    Night 12°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Afternoon coastal seabreezes to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: breezes to 15 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

10 am
0.72m
3 am
0.40m
4 pm
0.17m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm


Weather

Thu 14, Dec to Thu 21, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending westerly during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Thu 14th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Fri 15th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sat 16th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Sun 17th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 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.

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