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Ever wondered what an Australian beach is like before you plan to spend a whole day there? Although this is part of the fun in exploring, ending up in an unsafe area can put a dampener on your trip.

West Beach Image from
Image credit: Beachsafe website

Whilst the images provided won’t be winning any Instagram awards soon, they give enough of a view to understand more what the beach and local area is like. is a great source of information

Provided by Surf Life Saving Australia, it covers the majority of patrolled and unpatrolled beaches across the whole of Australia.

Beachsafe nearest beach details
Image credit: Beachsafe website

Each beach gives detailed information such as:

  • Location & Map
  • Aerial photos from different angles
  • Weather conditions
  • Lifesaving services
  • Hazard ratings

Information is also available on nearby beaches, which you can easily find additional details about. This is a great feature for when you find a beach that doesn’t quite meet your expectations – hopefully there is something more suitable close by.

West Beach Photo from Beachsafe website
Image credit: Beachsafe website
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Hazards such as winds, currents, rocks, shallow waters and water pollution, as well as regulations are highlighted for your knowledge and safety.

Beachsafe hazards facilities and regulations symbols
Image credit: Beachsafe website
West Beach information from Beachsafe website
Image credit: Beachsafe website


It also provides useful information on nearby parking and public transport, along with information about what to find close by.

Up to date weather details are provided including air and water temperatures, swells, winds, tides, UV ratings and any applicable warnings in place.

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Rip Currents

    Beachsafe provides invaluable advice on rip currents which can be life saving, considering how complex these conditions can be.

    Take a few minutes to watch their short, informative videos on their website or download their app so you know what to look for, and what to avoid. 

      We struggle when we go to the beach to identify rips so this is a great resource to refresh your knowledge before you go. It’s never nice being caught up in one.

        Beachsafe is available online or via their app on the App Store or Google Play.

          Hopefully more people will become aware of this great information and use it to remain safe. Respect and thanks goes to Surf Life Saving Australia to keep everyone as safe as possible and enjoying the beaches that we know and love.

          (These amazing rescuers train hard, risk their lives to save ours and provide this extremely useful free resource – show your support by donating here and continue what Aussies do best – help each other out!)

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