Geraldton Back Beach - Beach in Tarcoola Beach Geraldton-Greenough WA - SLS Beachsafe

Geraldton Back Beach WA

Geraldton Back Beach (WA 1081) is the site of the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club and is patrolled on summer weekends. The beach begins at the Southgate Dunes and runs northwest as Tarcoola Beach for 4 km, before it swings round to face south by Separation Point, with the last... Read more

Geraldton Back Beach (WA 1081) is the site of the Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club and is patrolled on summer weekends. The beach begins at the Southgate Dunes and runs northwest as Tarcoola Beach for 4 km, before it swings round to face south by Separation Point, with the last 2 km called Back Beach.This can be a very hazardous beach as it's exposed to southerly ocean swells with waves averaging over 1 m, and occasionally reaching 2 to 3 m on the more open Tarcoola section where they maintain a continuous bar cut by rips every few hundred meters. The southern and Back beaches sections are a little more protected with a usually continuous bar free of rips with two small patches of reefs also along Back Beach.The Club was founded in 1930, following the development of a swimming club in 1918 and Swimming and Surf Life Saving Club in 1926. The original clubhouse was lost to beach erosion and demolished in 1967. The present club sits in a large foreshore reserve on Mahomets Flats between Tarcoola and Back beaches.The Brand Highway parallels the beach 400 m inland, with several access points and car parks along Glendenning and Willcock drives which back the reserve.

Swimming

This is an exposed and at time rip dominated beach so be careful if swimming here. Swim at the surf club and in the patrolled area.

Surfing

There are numerous beach breaks the length of the beach with the larger waves along the northern part of Tarcoola Beach.

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Geraldton Surf Life Saving Club

Information

About

Tarcoola Beach, WA 6530

Length:
0.01km

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

Beach Key:
 wa1081

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • High surf
    High surf
  • Large unexpected waves
    Large unexpected waves
  • Gutters
    Gutters
  • Littoral currents
    Littoral currents
  • Fixed rips
    Fixed rips
  • Flash rips
    Flash rips
  • Travelling rips
    Travelling rips
  • Shallow Water
    Shallow Water
  • Shallow Sandbars
    Shallow Sandbars
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Beach erosion
    Beach erosion
  • Beach exposure
    Beach exposure
  • Long beach
    Long beach
  • Structure
    Structure
  • Uneven ground
    Uneven ground
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Informal parking area
  • Playground
  • Shade
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Dressing shed
  • Shelters
  • Toilets
  • Power supply
  • Lookout
  • Park
  • Picnic
  • Showers
  • Mobile Phone Coverage

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Vehicles
  • Dog Litter Must be Picked Up

Shark Alert

For shark sightings call Water Police on 9442 8600

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Government of Western Australia

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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