Seabird beach (WA 914) commences on the northern side of Cape Leschenault, and trends 2 km northwest to Seabird, where the shore turns more to the north and continues on for another 5.2 km to the next calcarenite-induced inflection in the shore, called Second Bluff. This is a more continuous sandy beach (Fig. 4.227), with waves averaging just under 1 m along most of the beach, through dropping at Seabird in lee of inshore reefs. The lower waves permit fishing boats to anchor off Seabird and small boats are launched from the beach, though the Seabird jetty was destroyed by high waves. Seabird has a population of about 100 and consists of a row of beachfront houses, including a tavern and store, a large beachfront caravan park, and slowly expanding residential development extending up to 500 m inland. Either side of the settlement vegetated Holocene transgressive dunes extend a few hundred metres inland over Pleistocene calcarenite. Vehicle tracks run through the dunes to the north of Seabird with solitary houses located 2 and 5 km north of the settlement.
Seabird beach continues north of the settlement for 5 km to a section of outcropping calcarenite that terminates at a 20 m high calcarenite cliff and generates an inflection in the shore. To the north of the cliff is 14 km of essentially north-northwest trending continuous sandy beaches up to Ledge Point. The entire shoreline is paralleled by drowned Pleistocene barriers, which from lines of reefs and shoals located 1-2 km seaward and lower waves to 1 m or less at the shore. It is backed by generally vegetated, and in places cleared, Holocene transgressive dunes extending 2-3 km inland. The only development south of Ledge Point is the farmland and a few beachfront shacks, most accessed by private tracks. There is little public access to the shore.
Beach Length: 7.2km
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