- 28 Jan
1 Southport Beach
Port Noarlunga South 5167, SA
Southport Beach (223) faces almost due west and receives low ocean swell as well as gulf wind waves. Waves average 0.5 to 1m, and during higher wave conditions produce a double bar system, with 3 to 4 rips cutting across the inner and outer bars (Fig. 4.53). During normal low wave conditions the inner rips tend to infill and a continuous bar is attached to the beach. In addition the river flows across the southern end of the beach building out a large tidal and bar, cut by the deeper tidal channel.
Southport is one of the potentially more energetic of the Adelaide beach and care should be taken here as rip channels and currents are common. Even during low waves the deeper rip channels may persist. Stay in the patrolled area and clear of the southern tidal channels and any rip holes.