Cinema Point Beach
At Cinema Point, the winding, cliff hanging section of the Great Ocean Road begins. Cinema Point is a 30 m high, grassy knoll, backed by the road and surrounded by sandstone rock platforms.
There are two small beaches here, one on either side. The eastern one is below the car park and viewing area immediately behind the knoll. It is 50 m long, faces east, is backed by road fill and the knoll, and is dominated by platforms and reefs.
On the western side of the point is the main beach, that occupies the deep gully carved by Grassy Creek. It consists of a veneer of sand over rock platforms.
Both beaches receive waves averaging about 1 m and have a surf zone entirely dominated by rocks and reefs.
Be very careful if bathing here, as permanent rip currents drain out from both reefs, and rocks and reefs abound in the surf.
The north side of Cinema Rocks is known as Hunters or Shark Alley. It has a moderate right hander during big swell.
The extensive rock platforms at low tide provide good access to the rock gullies on either side of the point.
A favourite viewing site, with the beaches used by surfers and fishers, but unsuitable for safe bathing.
Type: Formal parking area
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarentee that all translations will be accurate.
General Beach Hazard Rating: 5
Least hazardous: 1-3
Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Hazard rating refers to physical beach and surf conditions ONLY and does not include potentially dangerous marine life.