Cumberland River

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The Cumberland River flows through a steep-sided, 200 m wide valley containing a flat, riverside reserve. It reaches the coast in an open, south-east facing bay. The Great Ocean Road hugs the base of the bluff north of the river, then winds in to cross the river, before... Read more

The Cumberland River flows through a steep-sided, 200 m wide valley containing a flat, riverside reserve. It reaches the coast in an open, south-east facing bay. The Great Ocean Road hugs the base of the bluff north of the river, then winds in to cross the river, before continuing south along the base of the bluffs. There is a 150 m long beach immediately north of the river mouth, with the road forming its rear boundary. The river mouth beach is 250 m long and is crossed by the creek and backed by a low, grassy area. There is a car park just north of the bridge and a caravan park on the west side of the road.The two beaches face south-east and are exposed to waves averaging 1.5 m. The waves interact with the sand and rock platforms to produce an 80 m wide surf zone. This is dominated by one permanent rip to the north, as well as rips against each end of the river mouth beach.

Swimming

Be very careful if swimming here, as rip feeder currents run the length of both beaches, with strong rips at either end of both beaches.

Surfing

There are reasonable beach breaks on both beaches, that work in low to moderate swell.

Fishing

This is a popular location with the choice of creek, creek mouth, beach and rock fishing, plus a caravan park next door.

General

A picturesque valley and beach with good access, but a hazardous surf.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
24°C
Water
19°C
UV Rating
12 / 11

Hazards

Sharks
Sharks
Topographic rips
Topographic rips
Winds
Winds

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Passenger ferry
Train
Bus
Saturday, 22 Jan 11:12

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.


Lorne, VIC 3232
Length: 0.25km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10 (Highly hazardous)
Beach Key: vic343
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