Swanbourne Beach - Beach in Mount Claremont Nedlands WA - SLS Beachsafe

Swanbourne Beach WA

The rocks at the southern end of Swanbourne Beach mark the beginning of a 12 km stretch of straight west-facing beach that terminates at Trigg Island. The continuous sandy beach is only interrupted in the centre by the two rock groynes at City Beach, dividing it into three beaches (WA... Read more

The rocks at the southern end of Swanbourne Beach mark the beginning of a 12 km stretch of straight west-facing beach that terminates at Trigg Island. The continuous sandy beach is only interrupted in the centre by the two rock groynes at City Beach, dividing it into three beaches (WA 440-442). These three beaches contain five Surf Life Saving Clubs at Swanbourne, City, Floreat, Scarborough and Trigg beaches and represent the most heavily utilised section of the Perth coast.This section of the coast was originally backed by continuous sand dunes, extending in places a few kilometres inland, hence the endearing name ‘sand gropers’. The presence of the dunes both restricted access to, and delayed the development of, the beaches. The gradual establishment of the Surf Life Saving Clubs indicates the growing popularity and development of this stretch of coast. City of Perth SLSC was the third city based club established in 1924, followed by Scarboro SLSC, which patrols Scarborough Beach, in 1928. Next was the southern Swanbourne-Nedlands in 1932, Floreat, originally called North City, in 1948, and finally Trigg Island in 1954.Today much of the dune area behind the beaches is covered with commercial and residential development, with only the 2 km of dune area between Swanbourne and City beach, still in a relatively natural state, and occupied by the army’s Campbell Barracks. Elsewhere the West Coast Highway backs the northern beaches between City Beach and Trigg Island, and there is good road access to Swanbourne.The 12 km of beach runs relatively due north, with the only interruptions being the City Beach groyne. Waves average less than 1 m along the southern half, but increase in height to about 1 m along Scarborough and Trigg Island. These northern two beaches are the most hazardous on the Perth coast, accounting for 75% of all rescues in the Perth region. Swanbourne Beach (WA 840A) begins at the rocks that separate it from North Cottesloe and runs due north to midway into ‘No Mans Land’ (WA 840B) the undeveloped dune area north of the clubhouse in front of Campbell Barracks. The Swanbourne-Nedlands Surf Life Saving Club is located 500 m north of the rocks. The development of the beach followed the construction of a limestone road to the beach in 1930 with the Surf Club formed in 1932. Today the beach has a large surf club, car park and patrol tower The beach usually has low waves, averaging 0.5 to 1 m and a wide beach fronted by a steep swash zone and attached bar. During summer the bar is usually continuous with few rip holes, however during winter and following higher wave rip channels will cut across the bar every 100-200 m. The North Swanbourne ‘No Man Lands’ area of beach is backed by a 10-20 m high foredune containing several blowouts, then the Campbell Barracks.City of Perth SLSC patrols a 2.5 km section of the beach from the northern end of ‘No Mans Land’ up to the two groynes that lie either side of the club house and which demark the main 500 m long City Beach

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Information

About

Mount Claremont, WA 6010

Length:
5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 wa0840

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Heavy shorebreak
    Heavy shorebreak
  • Flash rips
    Flash rips
  • Winds
    Winds
  • Rocks
    Rocks
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Showers
  • Kiosk
  • Park
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Shade
  • Shelters
  • Cafe
  • Bike path
  • Artificial shade
  • Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Bus
  • Train
  • Groyne

Regulation Symbols

  • Bicycles Allowed
  • No Littering
  • No Vehicles
  • No Cats or Dogs
  • Picking Plants Prohibited
  • Camping Prohibited
  • No Dogs Allowed
  • PWC's Prohibited
  • No Firearms
  • Fires Prohibited
  • No Golf
  • No Spear Fishing
  • Vessels Prohibited
  • No Alcohol
  • No Horses
  • No Trailbikes

Shark Alert

For shark sightings call Water Police on 9442 8600

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Supported by

Government of Western Australia

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 1:12 am

Day 24°    Night 14°
17.4°C
Cloud clearing

Water Temperature  22°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly 10 to 15 knots becoming variable about 10 knots in the morning then becoming southerly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon. Winds reaching up to 20 knots inshore during the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Southwesterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres, increasing to 2.5 to 4 metres offshore.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres inshore during the afternoon.
Weather: Cloudy. 20% chance of a shower offshore, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

6 am
0.57m
8 pm
1.03m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 28°    Night 15°
Sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots tending southerly 15 to 20 knots in the middle of the day.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
Seas: Around 1 metre, decreasing below 1 metre during the morning, then increasing to 1 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

6 am
0.56m
9 pm
1.05m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:30 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Easterly 10 to 15 knots tending southeasterly during the afternoon.
Swell: Southwesterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Weather: Sunny.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:30 pm
Thu 23rd 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 24th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 am to 4:30 pm
Sat 25th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:50 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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