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.Point Lonsdale East Beach is 600 m long, lies at the base of the 20 m high bluffs, and is fronted by a mixture of patchy rock flats and a shallow sand bar. The 200 m long Point Lonsdale Jetty is located at the southern end.
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
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.