East Beach – Port Fairy

East Beach - Port Fairy

Victoria, Great Ocean Road

The laid-back country town of Port Fairy is home to another east facing bay offering protection from big west to south west swells with normally safe waves for kids and beginner surfers. This spot is epic for those wanting to practise catching long whitewater waves over the broad, low gradient sandbar, normally free from rips.

Wave Type
Spilling close out waves break softly and roll gently to shore over a very broad sandbar. The waves break slowly, allowing time to practise catching green waves and to turn along the wave face and in the whitewater.

Like Warrnambool, the southern corner of Port Fairy offers the smallest waves, with bigger waves, and longer rides found up the north eastern end of the beach (where rips are more common). Due to erosion, the beach doesn't have a wide strip of sand at the southern end for lazing in the sun and a series of wooden groynes have been placed here in an attempt to stabilise the sand. Watch out as waves can wash up the beach to where these groynes are located.

Good Wind Direction
Best on West to North winds.

Good Swell Direction For Fun Beginner Waves
Big West to South West swells, moderate South and small South East swells.

- Rocks and Groynes
- Rip Currents
- Marine Life

Have fun surfing Port Fairy by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Car parks are located at the southern end of the beach, at the surf club and at the north eastern end of the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled on weekends and public holidays from early December until late April and daily during the school holidays in January - always swim between the red and yellow flags.

Beginners & kids are best to surf at beaches when Lifeguards are on patrol or with a friend who has decades of surfing experience.

Located at the surf club.

Closest Shops
There's a bunch of cafes, restaurants and shops behind the beach around the centre of town, along with the Port Fairy Surf Shop.

Photos of East Beach - Port Fairy

East Beach Port Fairy
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

View west to the sheltered corner that offers protection from strong west winds and big west swells that batter this coastline.
Photo: Kelly Ratclffe

Soft waves spill over the safe sandbar of East Beach on a small surf day.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

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