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The coast south of Whyalla, like the coast to the north is a low energy, difficult to access and little used section of shore, extending from Whyalla for 100 km to Cowell at Franklin Harbour. Immediately south of Whyalla’s main beach is 5 km of mangrove shore, before the first of the low energy beaches is reached. Beach 597 is a 300 m long section of open sand, located on a 500 m long beach ridge-spit, bordered and backed at either end by small tidal creeks and mangroves, and fronted by 1 km wide sand flats. It’s neighbour Murrippi Beach (598) is 1.2 km long, and is accessible off the Eight Mile Road at its southern end, which is used for launching boats. It is also an official nude bathing beach. The beach is part of a series of beach ridge-recurved spits, backed by wide salt flats and fronted by the sand flats, with fringing mangroves and tidal creeks.
Beach Length: 0.3km
General Hazard Rating: 1/11

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