Rosebud Life Saving Club is located 2 km east of the Rosebud Pier. It is readily accessible off Marine Parade and has a car park near the beach and lifesaving club. The club was founded in 1962. The entire 9 km long Rosebud Beach is backed by a 100 m wide foreshore reserve. The reserve contains numerous facilities including the 300 m long Rosebud Jetty, a boat ramp, swimming pool and camping area. The beach faces north-west, exposing it to westerly winds and waves, making it more suitable under easterly or calm conditions. The beach is 10 to 20 m wide, with a moderate slope to the shoreline. Irregular, shallow sand flats extend for up to 1 km off the beach.
Periodic wind waves have built a highly rhythmic beach, fronted by a 60 m wide inner bar. The bar attaches on the beach protrusions, with usually deeper rip holes and troughs in the embayments. Currents are only present when waves are breaking on the bar. Periods of higher waves will change the bar and rip configuration. Seaward of the shallow inner bar is a 1 km wide, deeper sand flat, that only drops off into deeper bay water at its outer edge. Depth on this bar depends on the tide height.
Movement of the shoreline protrusions, and subsequent beach erosion, has caused the council to respond by building a series of wooden groynes across the beach and onto the inner bar. There is also a low seawall along the car park and in front of the lifesaving club.
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.