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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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

Fairhaven SLSC

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

Wednesday 15, Aug 10:57 pm

Day 15°    Night 10°
8.5°C
Possible shower

Water Temperature  13°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 30 to 40 knots, shifting westerly before dawn. Westerly winds easing to 25 to 30 knots late at night.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 metres, tending westerly 4 to 7 metres during the morning.
Seas: 3 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres offshore.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers, with possible hail. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

2 am
2.38m
7 am
0.50m
2 pm
2.60m
8 pm
0.63m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Thursday 16, Aug

Day 13°    Night 7°
Shower or two clearing

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 25 to 30 knots decreasing to 20 to 25 knots in the morning.
Swell: Westerly 5 to 6 metres, tending southwesterly 4 to 5 metres during the afternoon, then tending west to southwesterly 4 metres later in the evening.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 2 metres around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers.

Tide

2 am
2.43m
8 am
0.57m
3 pm
2.57m
9 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Wed 15, Aug to Wed 22, Aug


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 20 to 30 knots tending westerly 25 to 30 knots during the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 3 to 4 metres, decreasing to 2.5 to 3 metres during the morning.
Seas: 2 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Wed 15th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Thu 16th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Fri 17th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Sat 18th 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended

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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