LIFE’S A BEACH

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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 in Broome. Pic­ture: Stephen Scour­field

Ca­ble Beach of­fers many at­trac­tions.

Point Sam­son at last light.

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