Elwood Beach (and the backing foreshore reserve) is a popular area used for a range of activities. Besides the Elwood Life Saving Club, founded in 1911, the beach is the site of the Elwood Angling Club and Sea Scouts and Sailing Club. Extensive car parking and a park, picnic area and oval back the beach. The lifesaving club is located in a modern multi-purpose building, and a seawall and promenade run the length of the low beach. A launching ramp for the sailing club is present just north of the club house.
The beach itself is 1300 m long, extending from the Head Street diversion drain up to a groyne on Point Ormond. It faces the south-west and receives sufficient waves to produce a double bar system. The inner bar alternates between a shallow, attached section and deeper rip channels, with a trough separating it from the rhythmic outer bar. Low waves break on the inner bar, particularly at low tide, while strong winds and higher waves are required to activate the outer bar, during which time the rip currents intensify.
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.