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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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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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

Tuesday 17, Jul 7:56 pm

Day 15°    Night 8°
7.4°C
Showers. Windy

Water Temperature  13°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 30 to 35 knots tending northerly 35 to 45 knots during the morning. A west to northwesterly change 30 to 40 knots reaching the far west late morning, and extending throughout by early afternoon. Winds easing to 25 to 30 knots at night.
Swell: West to southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the morning, then tending westerly 3 to 5 metres around midday.
Seas: 3 to 5 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning. Possible hail in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

2 am
2.31m
7 am
0.45m
3 pm
2.69m
8 pm
0.82m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 18, Jul

Day 15°    Night 5°
Windy. Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 25 to 30 knots turning northwesterly before dawn and increasing to 30 to 40 knots during the morning. Winds tending west to northwesterly 25 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 5 to 6 metres.
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Tide

3 am
2.34m
8 am
0.53m
3 pm
2.64m
9 pm
0.72m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Tue 17, Jul to Tue 24, Jul


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 30 knots turning westerly during the morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 5 to 7 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather: Cloudy. Near 100% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening. Possible hail in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Tue 17th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 18th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 19th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 20th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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