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Downes Island

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Finucare Island is a 5 km long north-facing calcarenite island located immediately west of Port Hedland. The eastern end of the island is occupied by the small Finucare settlement and an iron ore jetty that extends into Port Hedland harbour. The entire exposed northern shore of the island is composed... Read more

Finucare Island is a 5 km long north-facing calcarenite island located immediately west of Port Hedland. The eastern end of the island is occupied by the small Finucare settlement and an iron ore jetty that extends into Port Hedland harbour. The entire exposed northern shore of the island is composed of a continuous calcarenite platform and bluffs, and includes an active Holocene and higher Pleistocene rock platform. A 2.5 km long recurved spit extends into the harbour, which is then linked to the mainland by a 4 km wide belt of mangroves and salt flats.The only beach on the island is located along the first 1 km of the recurved spit. Finucare beach (WA 1894) is a 1 km long low energy beach that curves west from Hunt Point to finally faces south, with a 600 m long jetty extending into the harbour from the southern end. The beach is moderately steep and fronted 200-300 m wide tidal flats then the main harbour channel. The southern half of the beach is backed by iron ore stockpiles, with a foredune increasing in height towards the northern end of the beach. There is vehicle access to the beach from Finucare.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
33°C
Water
31°C
UV Rating
10 / 11
Saturday, 4 Apr 1:06

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Port Hedland, WA 6721
Length: 1.4km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: wa1893
Government of Western Australia

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