Tuross Head Beaches

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the following notes are excerpts from
Australian Beach Safety and Management Program
by A. D. Short

Bingie - Coila Beach runs to the south east then south for 4 km, terminating at the usually closed Coila Bar, that blocks Coila Lake on the north side of Tuross Head. It is accessible from the Bingie road and off the road leading south of the point to the Tuross sewerage treatment works. In the south it can be reached via Tuross Head with a car park and picnic area on the south side of the Coila Bar.

This beach receives most waves, with height averaging 1.5 m. These produce a continuous bar cut by rips every few hundred metres, with up to 15 rips along the beach, including permanent rips against the northern rocks and off the Coila Bar. The rips are often linked by a longshore trough creating additional problems for bathers.

Bathing: The entire length of this beach is potentially hazardous, with persistent rips and longshore troughs, as well as a strong current off the Coila Bar whether the bar is open or not. Be very careful if bathing along this beach, particularly north of Coila where it become increasingly isolated.

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Don't get sucked in by the rip...
Rip currents are the greatest hazards on our beaches. This video shows what thy are, how to spot them, what to do if you get stuck in one, and the different types of rips.


Encima - No seas atrapado por la [corriente de] resaca.

Surf Lifesaving Australia safety tips

Remember the F-L-A-G-S and stay safe this summer…

Find the flags and swim between them - the red and yellow flags mark the safest place to
swim at the beach.

Look at the safety signs - they help you identify potential dangers and daily conditions at
the beach.

Ask a surf lifesaver for some good advice - surf conditions can change quickly so talk to a
surf lifesaver or lifeguard before entering the water.

Get a friend to swim with you - so you can look out for each other's safety and get help if
needed. Children should always be supervised by an adult.

Stick your hand up for help - if you get into trouble in the water, stay calm, raise your arm to
signal for help. Float with a current or rip - don't try and swim against it.