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Beach Report SMS notifications

Planning to swim in the bay this summer? Sign up to our free SMS service so you can receive a text when the water at selected Port Phillip Bay beaches is forecast to have poor quality.


Melbourne beaches

Werribee South, Altona, Williamstown, Sandridge, Port Melbourne, South Melbourne, St Kilda, Elwood, Brighton, Hampton, Sandringham, Half Moon Bay, Black Rock, Beaumaris, Mentone, Mordialloc, Aspendale, Carrum, Seaford, Frankston beaches

Geelong and Bellarine Peninsula beaches

Eastern, The Dell, Portarlington, St Leonards, Santa Casa (Queenscliff) 

Mornington Peninsula beaches

Canadian Bay, Mornington, Mt Martha, Safety Beach, Dromana, Rosebud, Rye, Blairgowrie, Sorrento, Portsea

What will the messages say?

You will receive forecasts for beaches in your selected region when a ‘POOR’ water quality forecast is issued. If you subscribe to more than one region, you may receive more than one message.

When will the SMS notifications be sent?

Most notifications will be sent at 10.00am or 3.00pm, if there is a ‘POOR’ water quality forecast. Notifications may also be sent at other times if a Bureau of Meteorology storm warning is issued or there is a pollution event.

If you receive an SMS, check the forecast the following day. It will take time for water quality to return to ‘GOOD’. If the forecast remains ‘POOR’ 48 hours after an SMS, EPA will send another SMS.


Forecast SMS notifications rely on independent telecommunications networks. As emergencies can cause some system failure, alerts can be delayed or not received.

The content of SMS notifications is provided for information purposes only. No claim is made as to the accuracy or authenticity of the content of the notifications. The Victorian Government does not accept any liability to any person for the information or advice (or the use of such information or advice) which is provided on this web site or incorporated into it by reference. The information in SMS notifications is provided on the basis that all persons accessing the notifications undertake responsibility for assessing the relevance and accuracy of the content.

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