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
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.
Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:30 pm
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.
Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm
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.
|Tue 16th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm|
|Wed 17th||6 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:20 pm|
|Thu 18th||7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm|
|Fri 19th||8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:30 am to 4:30 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.