Fairhaven - Beach in Moggs Creek Surf Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Fairhaven VIC

Six kilometre long Fairhaven Beach is the longest beach on the Great Ocean Road, from which it is readily accessible, as the road backs the entire beach. The beach runs due west from the mouth of Moggs Creek for 4 km, before slowly curving around to face east at... Read more

Six kilometre long Fairhaven Beach is the longest beach on the Great Ocean Road, from which it is readily accessible, as the road backs the entire beach. The beach runs due west from the mouth of Moggs Creek for 4 km, before slowly curving around to face east at the western Cinema Point.The southerly aspect exposes the beach to waves averaging 1.5 m, which combine with the fine to medium beach sand to produce a 200 m wide surf zone containing two bars. The inner bar is cut by rips every 300 m, resulting in up to 20 rips along the beach. The outer bar, which only breaks in higher waves, has more widely spaced rips, when it is active.The Fairhaven Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1957, is located toward the eastern end of the beach, and its members annually average 10 rescues.

Swimming

A potentially hazardous beach, with usually moderate waves and persistent and often strong rips. Westerly winds intensify longshore and rip currents. Stay in the patrolled area on the attached inner bar.

Surfing

The beach has numerous beach breaks and usually a good swell. However, it is exposed and works best with northerly winds. Some well-known spots along the beach include the mouth of Moggs Creek, where low summer lefts can be found; The Spot, a reef break just east of the surf lifesaving club; and further down at Eastern View and Spouts Creek.

Fishing

The good access and numerous rips and holes make this a popular, although usually uncrowded, spot for beach fishing. The mouths of Moggs and Spout Creeks are also popular, when they are flowing.

General

A long, natural beach more suited to experienced bathers and surfers, with the patrolled area in front of the surf club offering the safest bathing area. Toward the western end of the beach is a Memorial Arch commemorating the construction of the Great Ocean Road during the depression years of the 1930s.

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Fairhaven SLSC

Mon

11/12

Tue

12/12

Wed

13/12

Thu

14/12

Fri

15/12

Sat

16/12

Sun

17/12

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13:30 - 16:30

10:00 - 16:00

Fairhaven (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Moggs Creek, VIC 3231

Length:
6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic328

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

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

Weather

Thursday 14, Dec 7:01 pm

Day 22°    Night 17°
22°C
Clear

Water Temperature  17°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots easing to 10 to 15 knots at night.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. The chance of a thunderstorm in the east in the early morning.

Tide

8 am
2.03m
1 am
1.05m
9 pm
1.99m
2 pm
0.74m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 15, Dec

Day 22°    Night 11°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: West to southwesterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots early in the morning then becoming west to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening. Afternoon coastal seabreezes to 15 knots.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: breezes to 15 knots.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

9 am
1.94m
3 am
1.18m
10 pm
2.06m
3 pm
0.75m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm


Weather

Thu 14, Dec to Thu 21, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots tending westerly during the morning then becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Thu 14th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:20 pm
Fri 15th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sat 16th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
Sun 17th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 9:00 am to 5:30 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.

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