Peterborough's spectacular foreshore is readily accessible and ideal for swimming. On a calm day, the rock pools beneath the car park at the southern end of Irvine St provide hours of entertainment for swimmers of all ages. The surf beach to the east of Curdies River inlet is for the more adventurous and experienced swimmer.

There are a number of beaches along the walking trail from the golf course to the Bay of Martyrs. These include Wild Dog Cove and Worm Bay, both of which are signposted and also have car parks. You will need to walk the trail to discover the more secluded beaches. Access to these can be challenging but well worth the effort, as these bays are completely unspoilt, many with reefs and rock pools ideal for small children to swim safely in, and the chances are there will be no one else there but you.

We ask that you stick to formal tracks to access beaches along the trail and we also recommend you check tidal information at the Licensed Grocers if you want to make the most of the fossicking opportunities on the reefs at low tide.

Please note that beaches at Peterborough are not patrolled and swimming conditions can be very dangerous.

The closest patrolled beach is at Port Campbell (10 minutes to the east of Peterborough) every Saturday, Sunday and public holiday from mid November through to Easter Monday.

Curdies River Inlet
Curdies River Inlet is a large open stretch of calm water behind the sand dunes which is in considerable contrast to the turbulence of the Southern Ocean. The sandy beach at the mouth of the river is a popular spot and offers safe swimming for swimmers of all ages as well as sail boarding, boating and fishing opportunities.

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