Swan Island

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Swan Island is a dynamic collection of beaches and recurved spits that have been deposited by waves and tidal currents over the past 6 000 years. The island now covers several hundred hectares and is reached via a causeway from Queenscliff. However, the western side of the island... Read more

Swan Island is a dynamic collection of beaches and recurved spits that have been deposited by waves and tidal currents over the past 6 000 years. The island now covers several hundred hectares and is reached via a causeway from Queenscliff. However, the western side of the island belongs to the Queenscliff Golf Club, while the eastern half is Commonwealth land, resulting in most of the island and the beaches being off limits to the public.The beach begins in lee of Sand Island (another collection of recurved spits) and runs north-east for 2 km to Swan Point, where it curves around to the west for a few hundred metres. The beach is low and narrow and is fronted by highly variable tidal flats, shoals and channels associated with tidal flow through The Rip. Unfortunately a seawall has been built along much of the beach which, together with a scattering of groynes, destroys the natural integrity of this dynamic island.

Swimming

The beach is relatively safe, however care should be taken if swimming off the beach and flats owing to the strong tidal currents and deep water.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

There are highly variable tidal channels along the island and at Swan Point which offer the best fishing locations.

General

A restricted island maintained in a relatively natural state by the Commonwealth.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

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Water
14°C
UV Rating
7 / 11

Hazards

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Tuesday, 19 Oct 4:42

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, Sand Island, Queenscliff - Pier Beach
Length: 2.8km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: vicP127
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