Strong September Winds, Solid Swell and Surfers on Victorian West Coast

Winter returned to the west coast recently with near gale-force north-westerly and westerly winds and solid swell. A procession of squall lines brought heavy rain and hail for several days and nights. For one of my ocean swims during this cold spell, while the water temp was an agreeable 14°C, the air temp was 9°C … Continue reading Strong September Winds, Solid Swell and Surfers on Victorian West Coast

Winter Waves on the West Coast of Victoria

There is a small grassy clearing on a headland on the west coast of Victoria to which I keep returning to watch the mighty winter waves from the Southern Ocean end their long journey on the reefs and rocks there. My eyrie overlooks a rock shelf which is completely underwater at high tide. The rock … Continue reading Winter Waves on the West Coast of Victoria

Big waves breaking over cliff tops on the West Coast near Port Campbell

Storm Surf Twelve Apostles National Park

The forecast was for gale force onshore winds with an 8m+ swell around Pt Campbell on Sunday, peaking a few hours after midnight - and that's what happened. Coastal cliffs just west of Loch Ard Gorge & Mutton Bird Island The wind at the time this was taken was blowing from the SSW at 30-44 … Continue reading Big waves breaking over cliff tops on the West Coast near Port Campbell

Rough seas in an easterly blow at Apollo Bay

Rough sea apollo bay

Swimmers and surfers stay out of the water and boats tend not to leave their moorings and pens in the harbour when there is a strong easterly blow at Apollo Bay. A number of shipwrecks in the area have occurred on lee shores in conditions such as these. The sea conditions created by wind waves … Continue reading Rough seas in an easterly blow at Apollo Bay

Wild Easterly Seas at Apollo Bay

Rough easterly seas at Apollo Bay

The main beach at Apollo Bay faces east and is completely exposed to the wind waves and rough seas brought by easterly and south-easterly winds. The waves erode the beach and dunes up to and sometimes above the high water mark and the wind moves huge amounts of sand. Once the wind gets above around … Continue reading Wild Easterly Seas at Apollo Bay