On the south side of Port Albert Inlet is a very dynamic tidal shoal called Clonmel Banks. It lies a few hundred metres off the normal run of the coast and is low, with little vegetation cover. Even here it is still sheltered by shoals further offshore. Waves average less than 1 m and a narrow continuous bar runs along the island. On adjoining Snake Island, the beach is initially oriented south-east, receives waves averaging 1 m and has a bar cut by rips every 250 m. The orientation of the island changes at Corner Inlet and the western side actually forms the northern side of the inlet. Wave height drops to a few decimetres and the beach becomes steep and barless. The deep inlet and its strong tidal currents lie just off the western beach.
The only access to these islands is by boat and though there are no facilities, camping is permitted on Snake Island.
Beach Length: 6km
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