LIFE’S A BEACH
BEST NW COASTAL SPOTS FOUND
TOWN BEACH, Broome
A boab tree stands sentinel at one end, and then there’s the reddish beach. With its cafe, caravan park and mangroves at one end, Town Beach is a classic.
RIDDELL BEACH, Broome
Off Kavite Road, between the port and Gantheaume Point, it runs north-west for 1.7km to a protruding section of red bluffs and feels surprisingly remote.
WESTERN BEACH, Cape Leveque, West Kimberley
Up on the Dampier Peninsula north of Broome, I could have chosen the secluded beaches and sparkling waters of Middle Lagoon and Mercedes Cove, but Western Beach is a classic at sunset, as the last rays fire up the red bluff. And, come to that, it’s a muted colour classic at dawn, too.
HEARSON’S COVE, Pilbara
Swim and picnic at the sheltered Hearson’s Cove on the Burrup Peninsula, between Karratha and Dampier. The Stairway to the Moon can also be seen on a full moon between May and October.
POINT SAMSON, Pilbara
There are beautiful sandy beaches protected by fringing coral reefs, giving good protection for swimming and snorkelling.
SILICA BEACH, Buccaneer Archipelago, Kimberley
Silica Beach, on Hidden Island, is 150m-long and made of pure white silica sand which squeaks when you walk on it. Some Kimberley expedition cruises visit.
80 MILE BEACH, Pilbara and West Kimberley
About half way between Port Hedland and Broome, it is actually about 220km long — the cusp between the Great Sandy Desert and the Indian Ocean. It’s one of the world’s most important feeding grounds for small wading birds.
Cable Beach offers many attractions.
Point Samson at last light.