Life’s a beach

Stay safe while enjoying the best the Bellarine has to offer this summer with a dip at one of the peninsula’s several patrolled beaches.

Ocean Grove Beach is moderately safe, particularly during summer, when extensive bars dominate.

The popular beach is best at high tide but watch out for rips – particularly at low tide.

Ocean Grove Surf Life Saving Club (SLSC) patrols the beach and performs an average of eight rescues a year.

Thirteenth Beach, at Barwon Heads, provides a haven for swimmers who want a patrolled beach away from the crowds.

Barwon Heads/13th Beach SLSC patrols the beach and rescues an average of five people a year.

Rips are a common feature of the beach, with safest bathing on the bars in the area which the club patrols.

Point Lonsdale SLSC patrols Santa Casa Beach in Queencliff from Boxing Day to Australia Day.

The ‘bay beach’ is one of the safest on the peninsula and perfect for families.

The club also patrols Point Lonsdale Back (Surf) Beach from now until Easter, but recommends it only for surfers and experienced swimmers.

The hazardous beach has strong permanent rips and reefs, and the club has rescued up to 30 people a year at the beach.

The mouth of the Barwon River is a popular spot for caravan park swimmers and those looking for calmer waters.

But varying water depth, shifting banks and strong tidal currents can pose a threat.