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,... Read more
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.
The safest location is on the shallow sections of the inner bar, away from the rip channels and in front of the lifesaving club, where boats are prohibited.
Strong south winds will produce waves high enough to break over the bars.
The southern drain and northern groyne provide access to deeper water, while the beach usually has several deeper rip holes.
A very accessible beach that has been highly, but attractively, developed for a range of recreational activities, including water access for the disabled. It also has good parking and facilities. Wind surfing is very popular off Point Ormond.Read less
Mon, 15 Oct 22:30
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria
Wind: Northeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 25 to 30 knots in the east early in the morning and again in the evening.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny.
Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:30 pm
Wind: Northeasterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 15 to 25 knots early in the morning then tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Easterly 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then tending east to northeasterly 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre during the afternoon. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm inshore in the afternoon and evening.
Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm
Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning.
Swell: East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres in the east.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.
|Mon 15th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 pm|
|Tue 16th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm|
|Wed 17th||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:10 pm|
|Thu 18th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:30 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.