Venus Bay is a very open, exposed bay, facing into the south-west winds and waves. The beach is nearly 24 km long and has public access only toward the northern end at the Venus Bay settlement. This is also the site of the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club,... Read more
Venus Bay is a very open, exposed bay, facing into the south-west winds and waves. The beach is nearly 24 km long and has public access only toward the northern end at the Venus Bay settlement. This is also the site of the Venus Bay Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1961. High vegetated dunes up to 2 km wide and 50 m high back the beach. Public access and parking are provided at the surf lifesaving club and four other points adjacent to the 5 km long Venus Bay settlement.The beach receives high south-west waves averaging 1.8 m which, with the fine sand, produce a wide, low gradient beach, fronted by a 400 m wide surf zone. This consists of an inner bar cut by strong rips every 350 m, then a deep trough, with an outer bar cut by rips every few hundred metres. Due to its orientation, the beach is very prone to westerly winds that blow out the surf and intensify the currents.
A potentially hazardous beach usually with high waves and strong rips, so stay on the inner bar and in the patrol area between the flags. There is an average of 23 rescues each year, indicating the level of hazard.
Best with a low to moderate swell and north to north-east winds, however the shape depends on the bar configuration.
Usually good rip holes along the beach.
Venus Bay is a holiday settlement nestled in amongst the vegetated sand dunes, which back an exposed and high energy beach. Be very careful if bathing here and stay in the patrolled section.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.
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic141