Port Hedland Spoil Bank (e)
The spoil bank is composed entirely of dredged shelly sand from the harbour channel. MacPherson Drive provides a circuit of the area and access to the 2 km long beaches on either side of the bank, together with car parks and shade areas at both beaches. The 2.7 km long... Read more
The spoil bank is composed entirely of dredged shelly sand from the harbour channel. MacPherson Drive provides a circuit of the area and access to the 2 km long beaches on either side of the bank, together with car parks and shade areas at both beaches. The 2.7 km long west facing beach is relatively steep and narrow and fronted by generally deeper water, while the 2.9 km long east-facing beach is fronted by low tide sand flats. Sand is accumulating naturally at the eastern base of the beach causing it to prograde 100-200 m along the northern beachrock shoreline.
All the Port Hedland beaches usually receive low waves and are often calm. However with a 6 m tide range the shoreline shifts dramatically each tide cycle and can induce some strong tidal currents. The best swimming is at mid to high tide, and its safest on a rising tide. If swimming in Pretty Pool check with locals for the presence of crocodiles
Port Hedland offers a wide range of fishing opportunities including beach and creek fishing, which is best as high tide, and the spoil bank, which has deeper water off the end.
Port Hedland is a mining port and its beaches have been modified to some degree, however they are very accessible and offer several kilometres of relatively safe swimming in usually calm conditions.Read less
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: wa1899
For shark sightings call Water Police on 9442 8600
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