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Bells VIC

Bells Beach is Victoria's most famous surfing beach and one of the world's great surfing breaks. The excellent break is due to a combination of clean waves, that have refracted around the Otways, and particularly a gently sloping limestone reef off the southern point that produces one of the... Read more

Bells Beach is Victoria's most famous surfing beach and one of the world's great surfing breaks. The excellent break is due to a combination of clean waves, that have refracted around the Otways, and particularly a gently sloping limestone reef off the southern point that produces one of the world's best right handers. It can handle anything from 1.5 up to 7 m.The world's longest running surfing contest began at Bells in 1961 and continues every Easter. In recognition of its surfing status, the Victorian government proclaimed it the state's and Australia's first Surfing Reserve in 1971.Bells is now serviced by a good road, a large car park, viewing areas and facilities. The walk to the beach is still, however, down the gully at the southern end of the beach. The beach is just 300 m long and faces south-east, with prominent, 40 m high, limestone headlands at each end. Waves average 1 to 1.5 m and the beach is composed of coarse sand which, even under high waves, stays steep and barless. A normally low shorebreak becomes very heavy in high waves.

Swimming

During low waves, the beach is relatively safe close inshore, however any surf will produce a rip running along the beach and out toward the northern point. During big seas, this rip becomes an express ride for the surfers.

Surfing

Bells is a world class right when above 1.5 m. When smaller, the waves break close in to the headland and produce a right called Rincon. Further around the head are two more reef breaks which work below 2 m, called Centre Side (a right) and Southside (a left).

Fishing

The water is deep right off the beach, while at low tide you can fish from the reefs at each end.

General

One of the meccas of surfing and well worth a visit, if only to view the beach and surf from the bluffs.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Bells Beach, VIC 3228

Length:
0.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic302

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Street parking
  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Showers
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 5:57 am

Day 23°    Night 18°
19.9°C
Showers increasing

Water Temperature  14°C


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northwesterly during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

5 am
1.84m
11 am
0.35m
5 pm
1.54m
11 pm
0.26m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 17, Oct

Day 20°    Night 14°
Shower or two

Wind


Wind: Northerly 5 to 10 knots becoming southeasterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The risk of thunderstorm in the afternoon with higher squalls.

Tide

6 am
1.75m
11 am
0.38m
5 pm
1.48m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm


Weather

Tue 16, Oct to Tue 23, Oct


Wind


Wind: Southerly about 5 knots shifting west to southwesterly around 10 knots in the afternoon, then tending west to northwesterly around 5 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Tue 16th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm
Wed 17th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm
Thu 18th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 19th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:40 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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