Cape Paterson Beaches Wonthaggi and Surrounds

Cape Paterson has two beaches, the Cape Paterson Surf Beach (also called First Surf) and the Cape Paterson Bay Beach.

Surf Beach Road, Cape Paterson, Victoria.


Cape Paterson Bay Beach is a 400m curving beach located adjacent to the centre of the Cape Paterson township and at the foot of the Caravan and Camping grounds.This popular beach is ideal for families, anglers and divers alike, and includes a man-made rock pool on the nearby rock platform.  

Cape Paterson Surf  Beach is a moderately safe beach fronted by a wide shallow bar. However, stay clear of the rocks and reefs at each end; watch for rips, especially toward the eastern rocks; and beware of the shore break at low tide. It faces the south-east and extends for 500m to the rocky platforms closer to the town centre. The Cape Paterson Surf Life Saving Club is located at the western end of the beach, and provides basic facilities, parking and access. It receives waves averaging 1.3m, which decrease toward the cape. 

Beach Facts:

  • A popular beach for surfers, bathers, beach walkers and fishermen.  
  • Rips may be present
  • Patrolled by lifesavers over the summer months
  • Amenities – Toilets (including a designated accessible toilet) and change rooms 
  • Parking – Sealed car park
  • Food - There are local food stores nearby  providing hot and cold food, drinks and coffee
  • Access - Sandy path to beach

Beach Safety:

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