Tidal River is the centre of all activities taking place on Wilsons Promontory. It is the site of a very large cabin, caravan and camping area, and provides most essential facilities. In summer it assumes the size of a small town. The settlement lies on low dunes just behind the beach; officially known as Norman Beach.
The 1.6 km long beach is bounded by the prominent granite headlands of Norman and Pillar Points; both extending over 1 km seaward. The beach faces south-west, with Pillar Point and the offshore Glennie Group of islands providing some protection from westerly waves. The waves average 1.4 m at the beach and interact with the fine carbonate sand to build a wide, low gradient beach and surf zone. Rips are prevalent when waves exceed 1 m.
Beach Length: 1.6km
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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.
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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.