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.
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.
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.
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.
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.Read less
Wind: Variable about 10 knots becoming north to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots before dawn then turning westerly in the late morning.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres in the far east.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers in the morning and afternoon. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:50 pm
Wind: West to northwesterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Westerly 1.5 to 2 metres.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.
Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 2:00 pm
Wind: Westerly 15 to 20 knots tending southwesterly during the morning.
Swell: Westerly 1 to 2 metres, tending southwesterly 2 to 3 metres during the morning. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the afternoon. 1st
|Tue 24th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:50 pm|
|Wed 25th||4 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 2:00 pm|
|Thu 26th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:50 pm|
|Fri 27th||3 (Moderate) Sun protection recommended from 10:50 am to 1:50 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.