Sandringham Beach is a straight, 2.5 km long beach that faces the south-west. The southern half is backed by steep bluffs, which rise to 30 m at Red Bluff. This section has been eroding and is often narrow. Some seawalls and a groyne have been constructed to... Read more
Sandringham Beach is a straight, 2.5 km long beach that faces the south-west. The southern half is backed by steep bluffs, which rise to 30 m at Red Bluff. This section has been eroding and is often narrow. Some seawalls and a groyne have been constructed to manage both the beach and bluff erosion. The eroding bluffs have also left shallow reefs in the surf zone.Beach Road parallels the beach. It is fronted by the bluffs in the south, with the best access between the Sandringham Life Saving Club and Picnic Point. As the name suggests, there is a foreshore reserve along this section with parking and picnic facilities, as well as the Brighton Amateur Swimming Club. The lifesaving club was formed in 1922.The beach is exposed to westerly winds and waves and these, together with the numerous reefs and rocks, have produced a crenulate beach of varying width. A single bar attaches to the beach in places, and elsewhere is cut by deeper rip channels and longshore troughs. The deeper channels are more prevalent next to the rocks and reefs.
Due to the high degree of variability in the nature of the beach, bar and surf, it is safer to bathe in front of the lifesaving club. Stay on the shallower bars and clear of the rocks and reefs.
Usually calm, however strong south-westerly winds and waves will produce a break over the bar and reefs.
The rocks, reefs and groyne all provide access to deeper water and rip holes.
A beach of two parts: a narrow, difficult to access southern half; and a very accessible and well-serviced northern half. Naturally the northern section is the most popular and is patrolled by the lifesaving club.Read less
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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.