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.
Lonsdale Bay Beach is 2.5 km long and faces south. It consists of a low, wide beach and shallow, attached bar, usually with waves of less than 0.5 m. The southern end of the beach is backed by a seawall and promenade, with several wooden groynes crossing the beach.
Beach Length: 2.5km
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