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Discovery Bay Estuary Beach

Discovery Bay Estuary Beach offers a unique beach experience for visitors – it’s by no means an ordinary beach.

As its name implies, this is where the Southern Ocean and the Glenelg River meet, creating a one-of-a-kind natural wonder.

Discovery Bay Estuary Beach, Coastal Park, Toilets & Tables, Nelson VIC

You’ll notice that one side of the beach has a slow, tranquil river, while the other end has roaring waves. It makes for quite a sight worth seeing!

The beach itself is also home to an oxbow lake. When the river is closed, it’s safe enough to walk across its mouth. But when it’s open, visitors will need a boat to cross the estuary safely.

The beach itself is around 2 kilometres in length and is fronted by a surf zone 250 meters in width. Though Discovery Bay Estuary Beach is a marvellous attraction, visitors should avoid swimming at all costs because it’s considered hazardous due to the rips on the beach. Advanced surfers can scope out the beach brakes, although there are better, more accessible surf breaks located along the Nelson part of the river.

Fishing is a popular activity along the river mouth. Otherwise, going for a stroll is a great way to enjoy this area. You might even get lucky enough to spot some birds nearby.

Take note that Discovery Bay Estuary Beach is best admired from the land. Surf Life Saving Australia does not provide patrolling services here.

Discovery Bay Estuary Beach is located along Beach Road, Nelson, Victoria.

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