Port Le Hunte
Point Sinclair is a 40 m high dune and calcarenite capped granite headland that has small beaches to either side (Fig. 4.185). On the east is the curving southeast facing, protected 650 m long Port Le Hunte beach (1325). The gravel road from Penong terminated on the 30 m high... Read more
Point Sinclair is a 40 m high dune and calcarenite capped granite headland that has small beaches to either side (Fig. 4.185). On the east is the curving southeast facing, protected 650 m long Port Le Hunte beach (1325). The gravel road from Penong terminated on the 30 m high bluffs overlooking Port Le Hunte. A vehicle track leads down to the jetty, where there is a small informal camping area between the bluffs and a seawall. The low energy beach runs northeast from the jetty, with intertidal rock flats fronting the eastern half. There is a toilet block and fresh water at the jetty, but no other facilities. The 200 m jetty is no longer used to ship wheat, and a shark net has been strung along the jetty and back to the beach to provide a shark proof swimming enclosure. This is required as there have been shark attacks at the beach and at adjoining Cactus, the most recent fatal attack in 2000. The beach is usually calm, with a high tide beach and a narrow bar, then deeper water. During summer fishers launch their boats from the beach and moor them just off the beach.
It is difficult to swim at Cactus owing to the extensive rock flats and reefs. The best locations are inshore at Shelly beach for surf, and in the swimming net at Port Le Hunte for calm, shark-free, conditions. Rocks, reef and rips dominate all other locations.
Cactus has several excellent breaks which have made this remote part of the Great Australian Bight a mecca for surfers, some of whom have stayed on to live in the dunes.
Point Sinclair offers beach, rock and boat fishing and is a popular year-round fishing location with locals and travellers.
While Point Sinclair has been a popular location and a port for 100 years, it is the surf that has placed in on the map and lead to the development of the camping area, with its open-air facilities built of the local rocks. It is worth the easy 20 km drive out to Cactus, the last few kilometres across the salt flats of Lake McDonnell. It is an arid and interesting area, with massive sand dunes bordering the western entrance.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: sa1325