Whites - Beach in Torquay Surf Coast VIC - SLS Beachsafe

Whites VIC

Point Impossible is a low, calcarenite point, capped by 10 m high foredunes and bordered by the mouth of Thompson Creek. The gravel road from Torquay runs out to the point, where there is a large car park. A small beach (Point Impossible Beach) lies in front of... Read more

Point Impossible is a low, calcarenite point, capped by 10 m high foredunes and bordered by the mouth of Thompson Creek. The gravel road from Torquay runs out to the point, where there is a large car park. A small beach (Point Impossible Beach) lies in front of the car park and forms the western boundary of Thompson Creek. A foreshore reserve and the road back the 4.5 km long Whites Beach, with car parks and access tracks across the dune. The eastern section of the beach, just back from the point, is an official Optional Dress (nude) Beach.The beach faces south-east and is protected to the south by Point Danger, and along the central-eastern section by extensive rock reefs. As a result, waves average 1 m at the beach and usually produce a continuous, shallow bar only cut by rips during and following high seas.

Swimming

The small Point Impossible Beach varies with wave and tide conditions. Take care if swimming here and watch the deeper tidal channel and currents. Whites Beach is a moderately safe beach close inshore, in lee of the reefs. Watch for rips during higher waves, particularly near the reefs and rocks.

Surfing

Usually low shorebreaks along the beach. However during big winter swell, many surfers head for Point Impossible, where there are two breaks. These are Insides against the car park and creek, when waves are up to 1.5 m; and Outsides on the outer reef, when waves are higher.

Fishing

The point and creek mouth are the most popular spots, with the beach tending to be shallow.

General

A natural beach next to the popular town of Torquay, used by those who want to get away from the more crowded (and clothed) town beaches.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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.

Information

About

Torquay, VIC 3228

Length:
4.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
5/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic294

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus

Weather

Monday 22, Oct 12:40 pm

Day 27°    Night 10°
25.8°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  15°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: North to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots increasing to 20 to 25 knots during the morning before shifting west to southwesterly 20 to 25 during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning.
Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

10 am
1.29m
3 am
0.57m
10 pm
1.18m
4 pm
0.62m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 23, Oct

Day 19°    Night 12°
Early shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: Westerly 15 to 25 knots tending southwesterly 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2.5 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres during the morning, then tending west to southwesterly 4 metres during the afternoon.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide

11 am
1.32m
4 am
0.63m
11 pm
1.32m
5 pm
0.53m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm


Weather

Mon 22, Oct to Mon 29, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southwesterly 15 to 20 knots becoming variable about 10 knots during the morning then becoming east to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 4 to 5 metres.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Partly cloudy.

Tide


UV

Mon 22nd 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:30 pm
Tue 23rd 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:20 pm
Wed 24th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:30 pm
Thu 25th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:20 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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