Sand Island

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Sand Island has come into being since dredging of the Queenscliff harbour began in the 1940s. Most of the island has formed in the last 30 years. The dredged sand has been washed northward to form a 1 km series of recurved spits. The dredged Queenscliff harbour... Read more

Sand Island has come into being since dredging of the Queenscliff harbour began in the 1940s. Most of the island has formed in the last 30 years. The dredged sand has been washed northward to form a 1 km series of recurved spits. The dredged Queenscliff harbour channel and entrance wall form the southern boundary. There is a deep channel, with ebb tide shoals extending a few hundred metres into Port Phillip Bay.The beach runs north-east for several hundred metres before curving around to the west. It is steep and narrow, with considerable variation in the extensive offshore tidal shoals.

Swimming

Relatively safe at the beach, but beware of tidal currents through the harbour channel and further out associated with the larger flows through The Rip.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

The breakwater along The Cut at the southern end of the island provides good access to the harbour channel, while the northern spits are prograding into deeper water.

General

A dynamic new island that can only be reached by boat.

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

TODAY'S UPDATE

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Water
14°C
UV Rating
7 / 11

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Passenger ferry
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Tuesday, 19 Oct 4:00

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.


Swan Island, VIC 3225
Includes beaches: Grassy/ Point George, Point George South, Half Moon Bay, Hood Bight, St Leonards, St Leonards Pier, Red Bluff, Swan Island, Queenscliff - Pier Beach
Length: 1km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: vicP128
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