Bellanger Beach - Beach in Walpole Manjimup WA - SLS Beachsafe

Bellanger Beach WA

Bellanger Beach (WA 516) commences on the western side of the point and curves in a 10 km long, south-facing arc to the mouth of Nornalup Inlet. Most of the beach receives waves averaging over 2 m which break across a 400 m wide double-barred surf zone, with strong beach... Read more

Bellanger Beach (WA 516) commences on the western side of the point and curves in a 10 km long, south-facing arc to the mouth of Nornalup Inlet. Most of the beach receives waves averaging over 2 m which break across a 400 m wide double-barred surf zone, with strong beach rips spaced every 500 m along the inner bar, and more widely spaced rips on the outer bar. The inner bar is usually detached from the shore resulting in strong rip feeder currents. The entire beach is backed by multiple-longwalled parabolic dunes extending inland from 1 km in the west, to 3 km inland in the east where they reach up to 100 m in height and includes a few active blowouts (Fig. 4.113). The only access is via the central Blue Holes track, which leads to a section of beach with a few rocks, and the large channels of the beach rips forming the ‘blue holes’. This beach is used for beach fishing and occasional surfing, however use care as it is a treacherous location owing to the high waves and strong rips. There is 4 WD access to the beach however beware as its steep and soft. The western side of Nornalup Inlet is bordered by a dune-covered rocky headland that extends 500 m southeast to 24 m high Rocky Head. The shoreline then trends west for 11 km to Point Nuyts, a 144 m high steep, vegetated point. Between the two rocky points is 15 km of predominately steep, rocky shoreline, containing the two larger Shelly and Circus beaches (WA 518, 520), and three small pockets of sand (WA 519, 521, 522). The only vehicle access is to the ridge high above Thompson Cove. East Point is a vegetated dune-capped, granite point that forms the western boundary of Nornalup Inlet. On its eastern face is a 50 m pocket of intertidal sand and narrow bar at the base of the rocks

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Walpole, WA 6398

Length:
10km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
8/10 (Highly hazardous)

Beach Key:
 wa0516

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Hazards

  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

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