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Ocean Beach Denmark

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Beach Number:
wa0444
Includes Beaches:
Ocean Beach Denmark
State/Region:
WA - Ocean Beach
Post Code:
6333
General Beach Hazard Rating:
7/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach

Ocean Beach (WA 444) is the surfing beach for the town of Denmark and site of the Denmark Surf Life Saving Club. The town is located 5 km north of the beach on the banks of the Denmark Inlet, which flows into Wilson Inlet.

The inlet in turn flows into the sea at Ocean Beach and its usually closed mouth forms the northern boundary of the beach. The southern boundary is the 100 m high Wilson Head. A sealed road from Denmark runs along the western shore of the inlet right to the beach, with two car parks on the bluffs at the southern end above the Surf Life Saving Club. A caravan park is located 500 m to the west just inside the inlet.

The beach is about 500 m long, the length depending on the state of the inlet entrance. It faces east and receives moderate protection from the dominant southwesterly waves. It is backed by moderately steep, vegetated slopes rising to 20-30 m, with the Surf Life Saving Club perched on the slopes and the car park to the rear.

Waves average over 1 m in front of the Surf Club, but rapidly increasing in height toward the inlet. The waves are sufficient to maintain a 100 m wide usually attached bar, with a permanent rip against the southern rocks. The bar detaches from the beach and the rips increase in size and intensive east of the inlet. When the inlet is open strong tidal currents usually flow just off and sometimes along the beach, so be careful as a double tragedy in the southern rip lead to the formation of the Surf Club.

Swimming

This is a potentially hazardous beach, with the least hazardous swimming on the inner portion of the bar in front of the Surf Club. Be very careful if waves exceed 1 m, as strong rips are generated, including in the southern corner against Wilson Head. Do not swim near the inlet, particularly if it is open. Strong rips prevail from the inlet east.

Surfing

Ocean Beach is a popular surfing spot with beach breaks right along the beach and east past the inlet.
Point Walton is a 120 m high headland formed of calcarenite-capped Proterozoic gneiss. It forms the boundary between Ratcliffe Bay to the east, and the next beach system to the west, which commences at the point and extends 5 km west to Light Beach. The once continuous beach has been eroded and now consists of eight, southwest-facing, rocks and reef bound remnants (WA 445-452). The beaches are backed by a continuous densely vegetated Holocene transgressive dune system that extends up to 3 km northeast to reach the shores of Wilson Inlet and Ocean Beach. The dunes overlie Pleistocene calcarenite, which outcrops along the beach as beachrock reef and calcarenite bluffs. The only vehicle access is in the west at beach WA 450.

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Shark Alert Number

For shark sightings call Water Police on 9442 8600

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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

There is no beach service this week.

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
0
Preventative Actions:
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Hazards

Service Providers

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

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WATER

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Issued at Fri, October 24 13:00

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Ocean Beach issued at Thu, October 23 23:00 (EST)

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