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Town Beach (also known as Gadalathami, Beach NT 1012) is the main surfing beach for the Nhulunbuy-Gove region and site of the Gove Surf Life Saving Club. The club was established in 1974 and patrols the beach between May and October. The clubhouse is located on grassy bluffs at the very southern end of the beach, where it offers views up the beach and is backed by a large car park (Fig. 5.114). The beach is 3.3 km long and faces east, and is afforded some protection from the waves by Cape Arnhem, with waves averaging about 1 m in height. They maintain a steep coarse sand beach fronted by a flat 50 m wide low tide bar (Fig. 5.115), together with some rocks in the surf in front of the club house.
Beach Length: 3.3km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
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Toilets Block M/F
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