Challenger Beach (WA 818) commences at the northern groyne and continues north past a 600 m long jetty for 2 km to where the beach and coastal plain merges with 10 m high calcarenite bluffs, the first bluffs north of Robert Point, 37 km to the south. This point also marks the northern boundary of the 8,000 ha coastal plain that commences at Mandurah and extends north through Warnbro Sound and Rockingham. The beach receives waves reaching up to 1 m, which maintain a narrow attached bar. It is backed by a 50 m wide grassy dune, then a large aluminum refinery. The Cockburn Road reaches the coast at the northern end of the beach where there is a car park, toilets and boat ramp off Sutton Road. A large linear shack settlement occupies the top of the bluffs to the north.
Woodman Point is a 4 km long cuspate foreland tied to a low calcarenite reef 2 km west of the Pleistocene shoreline. The salient is composed of a series of low foredune ridges converging on the point. The point was used as an explosive area and quarantine station until the 1970’s and has since been redeveloped as Woodman Point Regional Park. It is also the site of the large Woodman Point Caravan Resort and in the north the Coogee Beach Resort. Three beaches are located in the southern Jervoise Bay Boat Harbour (WA 819-821) and four surround the point (WA 822-825).
Beaches WA 819-821 are all located within the extensive breakwaters that were completed during the 1990s’ to form the Jervoise Bay boat harbour (Fig. 4.178). The harbour is the site of a number of small ship building operations along its southern shore, with the three beaches occupying the northern corner
Beach Length: 2km
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