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Warrnambool VIC

Warrnambool is the largest coastal town in western Victoria. The city has a population of 25 000 and is also a very popular holiday destination. The entire western foreshore is given over to recreation, with extensive parks, lakes, caravan parks and additional facilities.The beach fronts the foreshore reserve... Read more

Warrnambool is the largest coastal town in western Victoria. The city has a population of 25 000 and is also a very popular holiday destination. The entire western foreshore is given over to recreation, with extensive parks, lakes, caravan parks and additional facilities.The beach fronts the foreshore reserve and forms the shoreline of Lady Bay. It is 3.5 km long and faces south, but swings around to face east in lee of Middle Island and the harbour breakwater. Since breakwater construction began in the 1850s, the western end of the beach has built out a few hundred metres. To the east of the surf lifesaving club, the beach is backed by grass covered sand dunes.Today the beach extends from Point Ritchie in the east to the western breakwater. Due to the change in orientation and degree of protection, wave height is low at the breakwater averaging less than 0.5 m. This increases to about 1.3 m at the Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club and over 1.5 m at Point Ritchie. Likewise the beach adjusts to this change in wave height, with a narrow, continuous bar near the breakwater. The first rips occur near the surf club, and these increase in size and intensity toward Point Ritchie.The Warrnambool Surf Life Saving Club, one of the oldest in Victoria, was formed in 1930, and averages 10 rescues a year.

Swimming

A moderately safe beach at the surf club and toward the breakwater, where waves are usually lower, rips less common and the bar wide and shallow. Do not bathe further up the beach as waves and rip currents intensify. Stay in the patrolled area between the flags. Best in the morning, as afternoon westerly winds can intensify the waves and rips.

Surfing

Best up the beach where the waves are more consistent, the most popular spot being The Flume, where some rock and reef in the surf generate a more reliable break. There is a car park here and a short walk across the dunes that provides good access. Toward Point Ritchie is a reef break called Granny's, while in front of the caravan park is a beach break called Maginines. In addition, there are several beach breaks along the beach.

Fishing

The breakwater is very popular, with a boat ramp for offshore fishers. The best beach fishing is up the beach where the rip holes and gutters are more prevalent.

General

Warrnambool and its beach offer everything for the holiday maker, bather, surfer and fisher, with a range in waves, beach type and fishing locations. As a result, this is a very popular summer holiday destination.

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Warrnambool SLSC

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Information

About

Warrnambool, VIC 3280

Length:
3.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
6/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach Key:
 vic500

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Sharks
    Sharks
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Pool
  • Kiosk
  • Shops
  • Public phone
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shelters
  • Playground
  • Drinking water
  • Dressing shed
  • Showers
  • Passenger ferry
  • Train
  • Bus
  • Boat ramp

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 5:48 am

Day 24°    Night 18°
18.2°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  14°C


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 15 to 20 knots turning north to northwesterly during the morning and early afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing below 1.5 metres around midday. 1st
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

4 am
1.01m
11 am
0.39m
2 pm
0.80m
10 pm
0.09m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

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


Radar

256 km

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Weather

Wednesday 17, Oct

Day 18°    Night 13°
Shower or two

Wind


Wind: Northerly 5 to 10 knots becoming southeasterly about 10 knots during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. The risk of thunderstorm in the afternoon with higher squalls.

Tide

5 am
0.94m
11 am
0.43m
3 pm
0.77m
11 pm
0.13m

UV

Index: 7 (High)

Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm


Weather

Tue 16, Oct to Tue 23, Oct


Wind


Wind: Southerly about 5 knots shifting west to southwesterly around 10 knots in the afternoon, then tending west to northwesterly around 5 knots in the evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 2 to 2.5 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Tue 16th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Wed 17th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
Thu 18th 7 (High) Sun protection recommended from 9:50 am to 4:40 pm
Fri 19th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:40 am to 4:40 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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