Cable Beach - WA
Cable Beach - WA
- 28 Jan
Cable Beach 6726, WA
Cable Beach (waK 19) commences on the north side of Gantheaume Point where it initially faces north before swinging round to trend due north for 6 km to terminate at the scattered sandstone rocks that separate it from the northern beach (waK 20). The beach narrows to 20 m on a spring high tide, widening to 300-400 m on the low tide . The beach receives waves averaging about 1 m, higher when summer westerlies blow. The waves are usually higher at high tide, decreasing at low tide owing to the shallow seabed off the beach. It is largely backed by a low foredune and moderately active sand dune that extend up to 300 m inland and have climbed up on top of the backing red bluffs, to reach a maximum height of 30 m. There is access to the beach at the point, with the main access at the northern end where there is a car ramp. Numerous activities including surfing, swimming, camel riding and windsurfing are available along the beach. On the bluffs immediately south of the ramp, is a grassy park and car park, then the surf club, with the main resort and tourist facilities all located on the eastern side of the road. The surf club was founded in 1988 and sits atop the bluffs with an excellent view across the beach.
When using all beaches in the northwest of Australia be mindful of the large tide range, which can reach 11 m at Broome. Always check the tide before using the beach. A rising tide can flood cars and belongings left unattended on the beach, while low tide requires a 200-400 m long walk across the sand to the water, and more chance of encountering rocks and reefs. The best time to swim is either side of high tide....