South of Bird Rock, the coast is dominated by steep, 30 to 40 m high, limestone bluffs, which wind their way for 2.5 km to Bells Beach. The original vehicle track to Bells ran along the top of these bluffs. At the base of the bluffs are three... Read more
South of Bird Rock, the coast is dominated by steep, 30 to 40 m high, limestone bluffs, which wind their way for 2.5 km to Bells Beach. The original vehicle track to Bells ran along the top of these bluffs. At the base of the bluffs are three small beaches, each surrounded by rocks and reefs. The three beaches are all relatively short and narrow, with the one below Princes St awash at high tide. Access is difficult, requiring a walk around the rocks from Princes St, or down the bluff to Beach 300, and down the gully of the same name to Dead Man Beach.The three beaches receive waves averaging 1 to 1.5 m, with the reefs lowering waves at Dead Man and producing a steep, barless beach. At both Dead Man and Beach 300, permanent rips persist against the reefs.
None of these beaches are recommended for bathing. They are difficult to access, are dominated by rocks and reefs and are backed by steep slopes.
There are four recognised surfing breaks along this section, and all are right handers breaking over reefs. Sparrows is off the southern end of Princes St, with an inner and outer reef break; Steps is out from Beach 300; while Boobs on the southern side of Dead Man has a left and right; and finally, the more famous Winkipop is on the northern side of Bells Beach.
Access is difficult, however there are plenty of deep holes to fish from the rocks along this section.
Three difficult to reach beaches, used mainly by the more experienced surfers and fishers.Read less
Sat, 19 Aug 09:20
Minor Flood Warning for the Ovens and King Rivers
Sat, 19 Aug 05:10
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Victoria
Wind: South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots decreasing to about 10 knots in the evening.
Swell: Westerly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning, then tending southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres during the afternoon. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers.
Sun protection recommended from 11:30 am to 1:40 pm
Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming northwesterly 10 to 15 knots early in the morning then tending northerly 15 to 20 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres. 2nd
Seas: Around 1 metre. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
Sun protection recommended from 11:50 am to 1:10 pm
Wind: Northerly 15 to 20 knots easing to 10 to 15 knots during the morning and becoming variable later in the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon or evening.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers.
|Sat 19th||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Sun 20th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:50 am to 1:10 pm|
|Mon 21st||2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended|
|Tue 22nd||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 11:30 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.