Discover the Soundscape of Rip View
The sounds you hear are a musical wonderland of the various aspects of our marine and coastal environment.
The South-Westerly winds are an ever-present feature of this unique coastline. Strong gusts cause only a slight rustle in the dense, low, native vegetation, which is well-adapted to this windy environment.
The vegetation leans inland and hugs the dunes and cliffs providing protection for the birds and other animals from the prevailing winds. The seabirds can be heard calling as they hover on the up draughts.
The waves crash loudly as they tumble across the rocky platforms. With the changing tide, the water trickles over small rock pools as they empty and fill. The immense tidal movements of water creates a choppy swirl known as "The Rip" between Point Lonsdale and Point Nepean. In foggy conditions, the foghorn located at the Point Lonsdale Lighthouse sounds to assist mariners navigating this treacherous waterway.
At certain high tides, water levels rise to the cliff face. Beach crossings should not be attempted at this time.
Toilets: The nearest toilets are just a short distance away, at Point Lonsdale Lighthouse Reserve.
Other Notes: Due to its location, Point Lonsdale can get very windy, so I'd recommend either visiting when the weather conditions are good, or else packing some warm clothes.
Parking: Free Parking is available in a designated carpark.
Rubbish Bins: Yes