Black Rocks - Beach in Anglesea Surf Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Black Rocks VIC

Between Point Addis and Anglesea is a spectacular, but hazardous, 5 km section of cliffed coast and energetic beaches. The cliffs are composed of weathered sandstone that continually slumps and, in places, falls onto the beaches. The three beaches face south-south-east and receive waves averaging 1.5 m which,... Read more

Between Point Addis and Anglesea is a spectacular, but hazardous, 5 km section of cliffed coast and energetic beaches. The cliffs are composed of weathered sandstone that continually slumps and, in places, falls onto the beaches. The three beaches face south-south-east and receive waves averaging 1.5 m which, beside producing wide, energetic surf, help to erode the base of the cliffs and bluffs. Access to these beaches is not recommended owing to rock falls.The first beach (Black Rocks Beach) extends 1 km from Point Addis to Black Rocks. It can be reached via a walking track from the Point Addis car park. It usually has a single bar, cut by permanent rips against each headland, and two central rips. The backing bluffs are fairly subdued, reaching only 30 m. Eumeralla Beach is 2.2 km long and backed by massive slumps in its 90 m high bluffs. The beach sand is coarser, resulting in a surf zone dominated by rips every 300 m. Demons Bluff, as the name suggests, is a sheer, 30 to 50 m high, eroding cliff, fronted by a narrow, 1.5 km long beach that is awash at high tide. Rock falls commonly cover parts of the beach, which can only be reached on foot along the base of the cliffs. The beach has a wide surf zone, dominated by rips every 300 m. The Anglesea sewer works back the beach.

Swimming

These are three potentially hazardous beaches, dominated by moderate waves and persistent rips, with Black Rocks and particularly Demons Bluff having the added hazard of rock and cliff falls.

Surfing

All three have similar beach breaks, with the best access via Point Addis to Black Rocks. There is a point break at Grinders (Point), however access via the backing scout camp is steep and very difficult.

Fishing

The southern side of Point Addis is the best location, with both rock and beach fishing into deep rip holes.

General

This is a dynamic section of coast, both geologically and in the surf. Be wary of both, particularly if walking below the cliffs or in the surf.

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Information

About

Anglesea, VIC 3230

Length:
1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic306

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Saturday 20, Jan 4:44 am

Day 24°    Night 16°
18.3°C
Mostly cloudy

Water Temperature  19°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres in the far east.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide

2 am
2.41m
8 am
0.95m
2 pm
2.03m
8 pm
0.58m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Sunday 21, Jan

Day 25°    Night 17°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the middle of the day then becoming south to southwesterly in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide

3 am
2.44m
9 am
0.86m
3 pm
2.07m
9 pm
0.59m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:40 pm


Weather

Sat 20, Jan to Sat 27, Jan


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy.

Tide


UV

Sat 20th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:10 am to 5:40 pm
Sun 21st 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:40 pm
Mon 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:40 pm
Tue 23rd 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 5:40 pm

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.

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