Inverloch Rotunda (Victoria, Australia)
The Inverloch Rotunda is located about 500m east of the centre of Inverloch village on Anderson’s Inlet.
This spot works best in a SW breeze with an incoming tide which is flowing in a SW direction and is ideal for windsurfers wanting to go fast on flat water or who are looking for a bit of bump-and-jump action.
There are 2 large channels which run perpendicular to the shore and which work at any tide level.
Generally when the tide is low, the water is flatter however the channels become smaller.
This spot also works in a S to SE breeze which is on-shore as there is a channel running parallel to the beach.
If the wind is blowing from the SW and the tide is outgoing the water can be quite turbulent crossing the sand bars. In this case, head to “Inverloch Pensioners” where you can launch directly into the big channel nearest the inlet to avoid having to sail across the turbulent chop.
This spot isn’t really suited to foiling as there are too many sandbars lurking below. For kitesurfers there isn’t a safe area to rig and launch so head to the Inverloch Anglers Club which is an ideal spot for kitesurfing.
Access & Launching Area
This is a really nice spot with free car parking and a nice grassy area to rig. The water is about 20m to 100m walk out on a nice firm sandy bottom depending on the tide. There is no need to wear booties here however be aware there can be a few small rocks and shells in the sand.
When the wind blows from the SW, the shallow water where you enter is protected by a rock wall and it isn’t until you reach the deeper water where you want to launch from that the wind starts. This makes it an incredibly easy spot to launch from with no shore break or chop to contend with.
There is a nice Rotunda with public BBQs and picnic tables at this launching spot. There are no public toilets in the immediate area but there are some about 5 mins walk away.
If you have a pooch, they will be welcome at this dog-friendly beach.
Due to the shallowness of the water, hitting a sand bar at speed is a definite possibility. It is also possible that other objects such as clumps of weed and tree branches imbedded in that sand may exist. The good thing is the water is generally very clear in this spot so you can normally see what is coming.
Beginners could test their skills in the shallows here however it is probably too shallow for any boards with a long dagger board. Beginners are best to head to Inverloch Anglers Club or Inverloch Area 45 where there is deeper water and plenty of sandbars to aim for to take a rest or to turn around. This spot is perfectly suited to intermediate to advanced sailors.
Where to Stay
Inverloch has a variety of holiday homes, apartments, motels and holiday parks. See more information here>>
A typical day on a SW wind of about 16 to 20 knots launching from the Rotunda in Inverloch. 7.5 m sail and 125 litre freeride board. Top speeds on the day around 50kph.
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- Flat Water Blasting
- Speed Sailing
- Bump and Jump
- Flat Water
- River Mouth
- Moderate Temp Water
- Salt Water
- Easy Launching
- On-site Parking
- Free Parking
- Camp Ground
- RV Camping
- Kids Playground
- Public Toilets
- Dog Friendly Beach
- Sand Bars
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