DESCARTES/DISCOVERY BAY Beach is patrolled and has green covid status

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The first beach in Discovery Bay runs for 29 km from Cape Bridgewater, where it faces west, up to Nobles Rocks, by which time it is facing south-west. The entire length is backed by massive coastal dune systems up to 4 km wide and 60 m high. There are only four access points to the beach. The first is at the very eastern end in Descartes Bay, called Tarragal, where the road from Cape Bridgewater leads to a grassy car park on 50 m high slopes. A walking track leads down the slopes and over the foredune to the beach, where it is known as Blacks Beach. The second is a 2 km long walking track from Swan Lake. The third is a 500 m long track from the camping area at Lake Monibeong, in lee of Cape Montesquieu. The fourth provides vehicle access to a car park located behind the foredune about 500 m east of Nobles Rocks. The beach is low and flat, with the southern Descartes Bay end having a green tinge from the mineral olivine, that is washed out of the basalt of Cape Bridgewater. It is fronted by a 400 m wide surf zone which, during high swell, has three bars working. The inner bar is usually attached to the beach with massive rips cutting it every 500 m. The second bar has more widely spaced rips, while the outer bar only breaks when the swell exceeds 2 m.
Beach Length: 0.029km
General Hazard Rating: 8/11

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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.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
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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.