First and foremost beaches are associated with swimming and sunbathing. Quite a few of them are scenic or outstanding at a special time. Share your favorite beach which you already experienced.
When visiting the Pancake Rocks, you should not miss this walk to the gorgeous Truman Beach. It's overshaded by the Pancake Rocks but in our opinion a must. There are many photo ops. which are best late afternoon to evening when the sun is shining into the bay. Schedule an hour to 1 1/2 for the walk and the exploring. A waterfall occurs most of the time but not in the drier summer. The access to the beach is safe around low tide only. Tide times Westport
Usually, the summer is pleasant and the winter mild. The day temps in summer are around 25°C/77°F, in spring and fall up to 17°C/63°F. A high amount of precipitation throughout the year on average each month more than 200 mm except February which is usually a little drier. Spring is the wettest season influenced by the winds from the Tasman Sea. The rain increases quickly closer to the mountains. A local saying “go deep, go steep, get wet”. Check conditions for hiking and the tides at the visitor center first.
Murrays Beach is a jewel in the Booderee National Park. It is a world class beach with beautiful white sand and perfect for swimming. The bay has pristine clear water also good for snorkeling. To experience the real beauty of the beach avoid the Christmas summer holidays and weekends as well.
- Midday until afternoon - perfect light on a sunny day.
- At sunrise, Bowen Island gets illuminated.
- A short walk from Murrays Beach car park to the "Hole in the Wall" at low tide only 1 km one way.
Spotting Penguins; September until December one hour before dusk wait at Murrays Beach and you may spot groups of penguins swimming back to Bowen Island for feeding. The island is a successful breeding colony with roughly 5.000 breeding pairs.
Weather and Crowds
Expect more visitors during summer from December until February and during weekends. It's perfect for swimming and snorkeling. March is a pleasant month; it is warm, less crowded and swimming is refreshing. Water temperature of more than 20°C from December to April. Most precipitation during summer; winter is much drier. Temps in summer on average around 25°C but can be hot as well. In the winter the day temps are below 20°C and one digit temps during the night.
It's a beautiful beach hike which should not be missed when traveling along the Great Ocean Road. Best visited around low tide. The Marie Gabrielle anchor is accessible at low tide only otherwise the top of the anchor appears out of the water only. The Fiji wreck is not affected by the tides. Tide times
The beach and wrecks are poorly signposted and due to the remote location not crowded. Luckily it is also off the beaten path for tour buses, therefore, our top tip.
Weather Great Ocean Road
The Southern Ocean has a strong influence on the climate. It keeps the winter warmer and the summer cooler. During summer the sun is very intense, but it is not too hot; there is always a fresh breeze and temps are around 20°C only. Lots of precipitation throughout the year in the Great Otway National Park. Warmer and "drier" conditions from November to April however, rain can always occur. Winter is the wettest and coldest season; rainy every second day. Day temps in winter around 12°C and nights are chilly around 8°C pretty cold for camping.
Best months are May until October; the dry season. For the walk; best time at low tide to walk around ahuge rock.
Best visited at low tide, otherwise, the beach is too small and difficult to leave.
July and August are the peak season, and the beach gets crowded. June and September are less busy, and prices decrease. There is a huge parking area which fills up soon during the peak season.
The footpath is sleepery when wet and a bit steep. Therefore should be sunny or at least dry.