Ocean Grove Beach

Ocean Grove Beach

Victoria, Bellarine Peninsula


A popular day trip surfing destination for Melbourne residents, Ocean Grove provides the most consistent and often the best surf conditions suitable for beginners and kids within a reasonable drive from Melbourne. Soft waves spill slowly over broad sandbars with plenty of space for surfers to improve their skills.

Wave Type
The western end of the beach towards Barwon Heads normally has smaller waves along with shelter from strong west winds. Whilst the waves at Ocean Grove Beach often close out, they do spill slowly, allowing time to catch green waves and turn along the wave face. This is also a good spot for catching whitewater waves thanks to the broad, low gradient sandbar, which makes for a wide surf zone and long rides.

The further east you head towards Point Lonsdale, the bigger the waves normally are and rips become stronger and more common. If the surf is flat here there are plenty of more exposed surf spots west from here and all along the spectacular Great Ocean Road - avoid the many rips by surfing waves that break over sandbars that are attached to the beach.

Good Wind Direction
Best on North West to North East winds.

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

Hazards
- Rocks, Rip Currents and Marine Life.

Have fun surfing the Bellarine Peninsula by practising surfing etiquette and surf safety.

Access
The car park is located behind the surf club to the west of town, and also at various points along the western and eastern ends of the beach.

Lifeguard Patrolled
Patrolled daily from the 26th of December until the 26th of January and also on weekends from the end of November until the end of April - 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.

Amenities
Located along the foreshore at the surf club and Collendina Park.

Closest Shops
Dunes Café at the surf club and Cheeky Cow further east sell good food and coffee and more options can be found in the centre of Ocean Grove and over the bridge at Barwon Heads. Head into Torquay for more cafes, restaurants and shops along with a massive range of surf shops.

Photos of Ocean Grove Beach

Ocean Grove morning swim

Ocean Grove morning swim
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Ocean Grove view to Point Lonsdale

View east to Point Lonsdale in the distance.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe

Ocean Grove safe sandbar

Ocean Grove on a small, onshore wind surf day. The broad, low gradient sandbar sees the waves spill slowly and roll softly to shore, perfect for learning to surf.
Photo: Kelly Ratcliffe