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Cable Beach

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Beach Number:
wak0019
Includes Beaches:
Cable Beach
State/Region:
WA - Cable Beach
Post Code:
6726
General Beach Hazard Rating:
4/10 (Moderately hazardous)

Beach

Cable Beach (waK 19) commences on the north side of Gantheaume Point where it initially faces north before swinging round to trend due north for 6 km to terminate at the scattered sandstone rocks that separate it from the northern beach (waK 20).

The beach narrows to 20 m on a spring high tide, widening to 300-400 m on the low tide . The beach receives waves averaging about 1 m, higher when summer westerlies blow. The waves are usually higher at high tide, decreasing at low tide owing to the shallow seabed off the beach. It is largely backed by a low foredune and moderately active sand dune that extend up to 300 m inland and have climbed up on top of the backing red bluffs, to reach a maximum height of 30 m.

There is access to the beach at the point, with the main access at the northern end where there is a car ramp. Numerous activities including surfing, swimming, camel riding and wind surfing are available along the beach. On the bluffs immediately south of the ramp, is a grassy park and car park, then the surf club, with the main resort and tourist facilities all located on the eastern side of the road. The surf club was founded in 1988 and sits atop the bluffs with an excellent view across the beach.

Swimming

When using all beaches in the northwest of Australia be mindful of the large tide range, which can reach 11 m at Broome. Always check the tide before using the beach. A rising tide can flood cars and belongings left unattended on the beach, while low tide requires a 200-400 m long walk across the sand to the water , and more chance of encountering rocks and reefs. The best time to swim is either side of high tide.

Surfing

There is surf at Cable Beach and along the exposed beach to the north. While it is usually 1 m or less it can reach 2 m with westerly winds, and even higher during tropical cyclones. Again be aware of the tides as the size and location of the breaking waves will change considerably between high and low tide.

Fishing

Broome is famous for its many fishing attractions, with a wide range of fishing opportunities including shore based beach, rock and jetty fishing, as well as boat fishing in the tidal creek, the bay or ocean.

General

Cable Beach deserves its reputation as one of the world’s top beaches. The wide clean white sand, usually low easy surf, warm water and long warm dry season, together with an abundance of room on the beach (at mid to low tide), excellent tourist facilities on the backing bluffs, and adjacent nude beach, all provide for an idyllic beach environment.

STINGERS: The stinger season is from December to April, so take care if swimming during this period. Lycra swimming suits are advisable and always check with the lifeguards if unsure.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
200

Location

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  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Camping
    Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Other facilities
    Other facilities
  • Parking Parking
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp

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:
3
First Aids:
178
Preventative Actions:
455

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Broome

Hazards

Service Providers

  • Broome

    VISIT SITE
  • Cable Beach Lifeguards

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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.

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BROOME AIRPORT (4 km) issued at (EST)

WATER

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Issued at Thu, December 18 13:00

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Cable Beach issued at Wed, December 17 23:00 (EST)

UV INDEX

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Broome issued at Thu, December 11 00:00 (Local Time)

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