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
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Passenger ferry

Weather

Sunday 22, Jul 3:41 am

Day 14°    Night 5°
9.1°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  13°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 20 to 25 knots, increasing to 20 to 30 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then tending west to southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres around midday.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

6 am
1.61m
12 am
0.15m
6 pm
1.58m
12 pm
0.38m

UV

Index: 1 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 23, Jul

Day 13°    Night 7°
Showers

Swell


Wind


Wind: Northerly 25 to 30 knots turning westerly 30 to 35 knots in the evening.
Swell: Westerly 2 to 3 metres.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Tide

7 am
1.54m
1 am
0.16m
7 pm
1.45m
12 pm
0.48m

UV

Index: 2 (Low)

Sun protection not recommended


Weather

Sun 22, Jul to Sun 29, Jul


Swell


Wind


Wind: Northwesterly 25 to 35 knots shifting westerly 25 to 30 knots later in the morning, easing to 20 to 25 knots in the evening.
Swell: Westerly 4 to 7 metres.
Seas: 2.5 to 4 metres.
Weather: Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide


UV

Sun 22nd 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Mon 23rd 2 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Tue 24th 1 (Low) Sun protection not recommended
Wed 25th 1 (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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