Forrest Caves Surfing
Definitely it is the love and passion for surfing that takes one to Forrest Caves. Breaking the waves, flipping the board, turtle roll! Believe it or not, but there is much more to this surfing paradise on Phillip Island!
Forrest Caves are basalt bluffs and are open to low tides. There are three beaches on this 1.3 km of coastline, towards the Southwest of the Island and all three can be reached through Forrest Bluffs Road. Another way to reach Forest Caves is through Phillip Island. You can avoid taking Back Beach Road and keep continuing on Phillip Island Road till Surf Beach, Forrest Caves, The Colonnades Park and Cape Woolamai. In fact, it is quite difficult to distinguish it from Woolamai Beach as it follows on the same stretch.
Forrest Caves Surfing Attributes
Forrest Caves receive 1.6m average waves that offer a 200m wide surf zone. These waves have strong rips and there are many rocks, reefs and bluffs around. One can explore regional classic waves here. However, you need to be an experienced surfer.
The waves break at times, but overall are standard. A good swell direction is towards South/ South East and South West and the good wind blows towards North/ North East/North West. All tides movement and positioning are best in Forrest Caves and the swell size ranges between 1m/3ft and 2m/ 6ft.
The most outstanding attribute of Forrest Caves surfing is that it is almost always secluded and crowd-free. Not many surfers visit the beach, even on weekends. The atmosphere of the beach is quite favourable to surfing fans.
The breaks over the reefs get awesome with high tide and waves are smaller and decrease with increase in height. There are small cliffs that even add to the beauty of the beach. On a favourable day, it would not be an exaggeration to term it as one of the best beaches in Australia, but it gets really awful on a bad weather days. So, do watch out for weather conditions before visiting Forrest Caves. The best months to surf at Forrest Caves is from March till October.
Fauna enthusiasts hold a great chance here to sight Australian fur seals and sharks. However, it is important to take proper care as the sharks can be aggressive. Fishing is popular on these beaches at high tide areas and those who are tired of surfing can always take a fishing break. Those interested in swimming should be extra careful of rips and high waves.
• It is only suited for expert and experienced surfers
• To carry surfing gear
• Barrelling and stand-bar waves
• Right to left direction
• Fast but powerless
• Short waves with approximate length of 50m
• Good day length between 50m and 150m
• Sand and rocks at the bottom
• Swell direction towards South West/ South East/ South
• Swell size is around 1m/3 ft and goes up till 2m+/6ft+
• Good wind towards North/ North East/ North West
• Standard paddle access
• Visit during March – October
• Stay safe from rips, rocks and sharks