The mouth of the Eumeralla River at Yambuk marks the beginning of a 43 km long stretch of sand, that extends all the way to the rocks on the eastern side of Portland. The beach consists of three sections, that are separated by river mouths. The first runs 19 km from the Eumeralla River to the Fitzroy River. The second extends 13 km from the Fitzroy River to the Surry River mouth, and the final section runs 11 km from the Surry River to the town of Portland. At the Eumeralla River mouth, the beach faces south-west and receives high waves. The beach then gradually swings to face the south and finally south-east, by which time waves are lowered to less than 1 m.
Eumeralla Beach begins at the rocks that lie next to the river mouth and runs in nearly a straight line toward the Fitzroy River. It faces south-south-west and is exposed to westerly winds and waves averaging over 1.5 m. The waves interact with the generally fine beach sand to maintain a 250 m wide surf zone containing two bars. The inner bar consists of alternating bars and rips, with rips spaced every 500 m, while the outer bar has more widely spaced rips. A deep trough lies between the two bars. The beach is backed for the most part by a 10 to 20 m high, narrow series of foredunes, then a long, narrow swamp and a second series of foredunes behind. Farms back the beach and public access is limited to the Fitzroy River Mouth Coastal Reserve, where a 500 m long walking track leads from the car park to the beach.
Beach Length: 19km
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