The 4WD track from Yalata reaches the coast at a section of low calcarenite bluffs fronted by a wide, high energy surf zone that dominates this section of coast. The bluff also forms the boundary between two beaches that form the southern boundary of the Yalata Aboriginal Land (Fig. 4.198). To the east is beach 1413, a 4.1 km long sand beach bordered by low bluffs and reefs, with patchy reef also occurring along the beach. These maintain strong rips in the inner surf, with a second then third bar located 500 m seaward of the shore. To the west of the bluffs begins the 20 km long Yalata Beach (1414), a continuous high energy fine sand beach, which toward the western end becomes increasingly interrupted by calcarenite outcrops at the shore that induce permanent rips in the inner surf. The outer surf zone gradually narrows from 500 m and three bars in the east to 300 m and two bars in the west, a response to both slightly lower waves and more medium sand. The beach is backed by massive dune systems, with stable vegetated dunes extending up to 7 km inland and to heights of 90 m, and active dunes closer to shore up moving sand up to 2 km inland.
Beach Length: 19.8km
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