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On the long drive across Australia the highway rarely touches the coast. If you leave the east coast the first time you actually see the ‘sea’ is as you cross the bridge across the upper reaches of Spencer Gulf. The Gulf narrows to 300 m at the Port Augusta bridge, and what one sees is more a river than the sea. However if you do wish to cool off there are three small sandy beaches either side of the bridge, with the main swimming area located immediately south of the eastern bridge approaches (Fig. 4.105). The eastern beach (564) lies at the foot of the main shopping area and is backed by a car park, park and dressing sheds. A fishing jetty runs out across the beach, with a flood light for night fishing and swimming. The old dock area forms the southern boundary of the 250 m long beach, and the old and new bridges the northern boundary.
Beach Length: 0.2km
General Hazard Rating: 2/11

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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.


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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.