Port Fairy - Beach in Rosebrook Moyne VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Port Fairy VIC

Port Fairy is an attractive fishing and holiday town located in lee of Griffiths Island. A fishing fleet operates out of the Moyne River, that enters the sea through the two entrance walls constructed in the 1870s. The town has all holiday facilities, with a large caravan park... Read more

Port Fairy is an attractive fishing and holiday town located in lee of Griffiths Island. A fishing fleet operates out of the Moyne River, that enters the sea through the two entrance walls constructed in the 1870s. The town has all holiday facilities, with a large caravan park located behind the beach. Houses back the southern end of the beach, while dunes and the golf course back the centre and northern end.The beach is 5.8 km long, extending in a broad, curving arc from Reef Point in the east, where it faces south, to the North Mole or harbour entrance wall in the south, where it faces east. Erosion along the southern end has resulted in the construction of a rough seawall and several wooden groynes. The Port Fairy Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1950, is located on the foredune 1 km north of the north entrance wall. Its members average 10 rescues each year.The beach is composed of fine, white sand. It receives waves that average less than 0.5 m in the south, about 1 m at the surf lifesaving club (where it is also called East Beach) and up to 1.7 m by Reef Point. In response to the changing waves, the beach is fronted by a single, continuous, attached bar in the southern corner, with rips rarely present. However, by the surf club the surf is over 150 m wide with two bars. The inner bar is cut by rips every 250 m, while the outer bar has more widely spaced rips. Further up the beach, the waves and rips intensify. During and following high seas, a 300 to 400 m wide surf zone and a third outer bar can form.

Swimming

Summer conditions are moderately safe, when waves tend to be lower and rips less frequent and intense. However, always bathe in the patrolled area between the flags, and avoid the northern end of the beach where rips can be very intense. Be careful if on a bodyboard or surfboard as westerly winds will blow you out to sea.

Surfing

There are numerous beach breaks in the wide, shallow surf zone, with shape depending on waves, bars and wind. A popular spot called Oigles, just south of the surf club, works in a big swell, as it breaks over an old shipwreck.

Fishing

Port Fairy usually has a wide and shallow surf, so look for rip holes and gutters north of the surf club. There is also good fishing off the harbour walls, into either the river or ocean.

General

Port Fairy is a very popular summer holiday destination offering all facilities. It has a moderately safe patrolled beach at the southern end, with a more energetic beach toward the north.

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Port Fairy SLSC

Port Fairy (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Rosebrook, VIC 3285

Length:
5.8km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic511

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Drinking water
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry
  • Boat ramp

Weather

Monday 29, May 11:15 pm

Day 15°    Night 8°
11.2°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  15°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 20 to 25 knots turning northwesterly during the late morning then increasing to 20 to 30 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Cloudy. 70% chance of showers, with possible hail in the early morning. The chance of a thunderstorm in the far west at night.

Tide

6 am
0.28m
1 pm
1.27m
8 pm
0.78m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Tuesday 30, May

Day 14°    Night 10°
Showers easing

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 30 knots shifting southwesterly before dawn then tending south to southwesterly 15 to 25 knots during the late morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 5 metres around midday.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning. Possible hail.

Tide

12 am
0.90m
6 am
0.30m
2 pm
1.22m
8 pm
0.76m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Mon 29, May to Mon 05, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots turning west to northwesterly during the day.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 3 metres during the evening.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Mon 29th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Tue 30th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 31st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 1st 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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