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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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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
  • Drinking water
  • Showers
  • Toilets
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Friday 20, Apr 9:06 am

Day 18°    Night 11°
13.7°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  18°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots and afternoon inshore seabreezes of similar strength
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: breezes of similar strength
Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide

2 am
1.64m
8 am
0.13m
3 pm
1.95m
8 pm
0.36m

UV

Index: 3 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Saturday 21, Apr

Day 21°    Night 11°
Partly cloudy

Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon then shifting southerly about 10 knots in the west during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 0.5 metres during the morning, then increasing to below 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

3 am
1.59m
9 am
0.14m
3 pm
1.91m
9 pm
0.37m

UV

Index: 4 (Moderate)

Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:50 pm


Weather

Fri 20, Apr to Fri 27, Apr


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly about 10 knots tending east to northeasterly during the day. Afternoon inshore seabreezes around 10 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres inshore, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Seas: breezes around 10 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Fri 20th 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:10 pm
Sat 21st 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 1:50 pm
Sun 22nd 4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:30 am to 2:00 pm
Mon 23rd 3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:40 am to 1:40 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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