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Goolwa Beach ratings
Quality on a good day: 2.8
Consistency of Surf: 3.4
Difficulty Level: 1.4
Wind and Kite Surfing: 3.8
Crowds: 3.6

Overall: 3.4

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Goolwa Beach break guidePhoto by: Tim

Goolwa Beach Surf Guide

Goolwa in Adelaide is an exposed beach break that has quite reliable surf and can work at any time of the year. Works best in offshore winds from the north. The optimum well angle is from the south. The beach breaks offer lefts and rights. Surfable at all stages of the tide. It very rarely gets crowded here. Watch out for and rips.

Goolwa Beach Spot Info

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Reliability:Todays Sea Temp*:
fairly consistent
18.2°C*ocean temperature recorded from satellite

Surfing Goolwa Beach:

The best conditions reported for surf at Goolwa Beach occur when a South swell combines with an offshore wind direction from the North-northeast.

Surf Forecasts:

What's the best time of year to surf Goolwa Beach (for consistent clean waves)?

mayBest Season: winter
The best time of year for surfing Goolwa Beach with consistent clean waves (rideable swell with light / offshore winds) is during Winter and most often the month of May. Clean surfable waves are typically found 49% of the time in May while 49% of the time it tends to be blown out. For the remaining 2% of the time it is considered too small by most surfers but may still be OK for beginners and groms at times.
Surfable waves that hold up well for longer rides in prevailing cross-offshore, offshore or light wind conditions.
blown out
Surfable sized waves that are of poorer quality due to prevailing onshore, cross-onshore or windy conditions (may be preferable for kitesurfing).
too small
Waves usually considered too small for good surf. Some wave-magnet breaks may still work though if conditions are right (on occasion).

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Interactive Goolwa Beach surf break location map. View information about nearby surf breaks, their wave consistency and rating compared to other spots in the region. Current swell conditions from local buoys are shown along with live wind speed and direction from nearby weather stations. Click icons on the map for more detail. The nearest passenger airport to Goolwa is Adelaide International Airport (ADL) in Australia, which is 69 km (43 miles) away (directly). The second closest airport to Goolwa is Woomera Airport (UMR), also in Australia, 520 km (323 miles) away.

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Goolwa Beach Surf Forecasts:
Todays Surf Summary
Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 04:22 Local Time
Tuesday 20
Wave (m) 2.5
Period (s) 13 13 12 12
Wind (km/h) 25
WNW 35
S 30
SSW 30
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Swell History at Goolwa Beach

Surf stats for Goolwa Beach, see the swell variation by month or season on the history page here.

Wind History at Goolwa Beach

Wind stats for Goolwa Beach, see the variation in direction and stength by month or season on the history page here.

Goolwa Beach Reviews:

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Based on 5 votes.
  • Overall:Icon  s33.4
  • Quality on a good day:Icon  s32.8
  • Consistency of Surf:Icon  s33.4
  • Difficulty Level:Icon  s11.4
  • Wind and Kite Surfing:Icon  s43.8
  • Crowds:Icon  s43.6
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Impartial reviews submitted by Surf-Forecast users.
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Alistair Baird from Australia
“Goolwa and the surrounding coast have a number of quality breaks.

Starting at Middleton Point (check out the great bakery at Middleton after a surf)look to the East towards Goolwa and you will find plenty of beach breaks to choose from.

Paddling into the lineup is very easy and the locals are friendly as long as you show respect.

The wave holds well to 3ft with plenty of waves for short boards and malibus. Anything over 6ft will see large amounts of white water and a tough paddle. When it gets to 6ft head over towards Victor Harbor and check out Chiton Rocks, The Dump and The Pines.

This stretch of coast can be very fickle over summer (Nov -March) however the pick is during winter with strong ground swells and offshore winds. Whales appear during winter and there are plenty of pubs and local markets to keep you occupied.

Only a 90km drive from Adelaide, the capital of South Australia you can do a day trip or stay for a while in the many caravan parks and hotels.”

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