Between Shortland Bluff and Point Lonsdale is a curving, south-east facing, 3 km long series of three beaches. The entire section is backed by foreshore reserves and the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale Roads. There are camping and picnic areas in the reserve, just west of Shortland Bluff and... Read more
Between Shortland Bluff and Point Lonsdale is a curving, south-east facing, 3 km long series of three beaches. The entire section is backed by foreshore reserves and the Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale Roads. There are camping and picnic areas in the reserve, just west of Shortland Bluff and further west at Golightly and Royal Parks. The central section of Lonsdale Bay Beach is backed by natural, vegetated dunes, with a walking track linking the camping areas. On the bluffs above Point Lonsdale are car parks, picnic areas and lookouts to view The Rip and passing ships. The lighthouse was built in 1863 and stands 37 m above sea level. Steps lead down the bluffs to the beaches below.Front Beach is 1 km long, faces due east and has more than 15 groynes crossing the low gradient beach. A shallow bar and patchy rock reef form the surf zone.
During normal low waves, these beaches are relatively calm with wide, shallow surf zones. Watch the groynes and patchy rocks and reefs to the south, and strong tidal currents off the point.
Usually low beach breaks. However during large winter swells, there is a left and right that breaks over the reefs off the Lighthouse, and a right hander that runs over the reef at Front Beach.
The seawall around the bluff, the southern rocks and the jetty are the best locations.
An open bay that forms the western entrance to Port Phillip Bay and receives increasing ocean wave energy toward the point. The beach has good access and numerous facilities.Read less
Fri, 17 Aug 05:13
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria
Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 25 knots increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the morning and further increasing to 25 to 35 knots in the late afternoon. A westerly change of 20 to 30 knots extending from the west during the evening.
Swell: Westerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 95% chance of rain, with possible hail in the west at night. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore in the afternoon and evening.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: Westerly 25 to 35 knots turning southwesterly 30 to 35 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Westerly 3 to 4 metres, tending southwesterly 4 to 6 metres during the morning.
Seas: 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm. Possible hail.
Sun protection not recommended
Wind: Southwesterly 20 to 30 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 5 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the evening. 2nd
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2 to 3 metres during the afternoon or evening. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers, with possible hail.
|Fri 17th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Sat 18th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Sun 19th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Mon 20th||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.