The western side of Waratah Bay borders a 10 km wide peninsula of ancient 400 to 500 million year old rocks that terminate at Cape Liptrap. Most of the beaches east of Cape Liptrap are partially protected by the cape. They are also influenced by the steep slopes... Read more
The western side of Waratah Bay borders a 10 km wide peninsula of ancient 400 to 500 million year old rocks that terminate at Cape Liptrap. Most of the beaches east of Cape Liptrap are partially protected by the cape. They are also influenced by the steep slopes on this side of the bay and the numerous rocks and reefs that lie on the beaches and in the surf.The first beach begins immediately west of Waratah Bay Beach. Extensive intertidal rock flats and reefs form the boundary. The beach is 350 m long and faces south- east. It is also bordered by Cooks Creek and steep, forested slopes. It is fronted by similar rock flats at its western end, after which the Pony Creek Beach continues in the same direction, with rock flats occurring along much of the beach. It terminates at the mouth of Pony Creek, from where rocks, more than sand, dominate the shoreline. The beaches are only accessible by foot from Waratah Bay in the north, or Walkerville North to the south.
While waves are moderate here, averaging 1.0 m, these are potentially hazardous beaches owing to the prevalence of rips across the wide shallow bars and the rocks and reefs. If bathing, stay close inshore and avoid the rocks and rips.
Some good right hand breaks form over the reefs at high tide. The best known are Cooks Creek and Chicken Rock. Best in a moderate to high swell and north-west winds.
There are plenty of rocks and reefs to fish from off the beach, together with numerous rip holes.
Two beaches that can only be reached on foot; most suitable for a coastal walk.Read less
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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: 6/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: vic120