Beaches of the Western Australian Coast

Eucla to Roebuck Bay

Andrew D. Short

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Format: paperback
444 pages
ISBN: 9780958650434

Publication: 31 Dec 2005

Publisher: Sydney University Press

Beaches of the Western Australian Coast covers the Western Australian coast between Eucla and Roebuck Bay, and includes Rottnest Island. It begins with three chapters that provide a background to the physical nature and evolution of the Western Australian coast and its 2,051 mainland beach systems.

Chapter one covers the geological evolution of the coast and the role climate, wave, tides and wind in shaping the present coast and beaches. Chapter two presents in more detail the 16 types of beach systems that occur along the Western Australian coast, and chapter three discusses the types of beach hazards along the coast and the role of Surf Lifesaving Western Australia in mitigating these hazards.

Chapter four presents a description of each of the 2,051 mainland beaches, as well as 63 beaches on Rottnest Island. The description of each beach includes its name, location, physical characteristics, access and facilities, with specific comments on its surf zone character and physical hazards, and its suitability for swimming, surfing and fishing. Based on the physical hazards, all beaches are rated in terms of public safety and scaled from 1 (least hazardous) to 10 (most hazardous).

Andrew Short is director of the Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney.


  1. Western Australian coast
  2. Beach systems
  3. Beach hazards and safety
  4. Western Australian beaches

Beach index
General index
Surf index

‘The seven books in the series sponsored by the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program (ABSMP) constitute the single most comprehensive beach database in the world ... It is rare to find a treasure of scientific and technical information that is available and comprehensible to scientists and lay persons alike ... It is thus without reservation that I recommend all books in the Beaches of Australia series'
Charles W. Finkl   Journal of Coastal Research

Format: paperback
Size: 297 × 210 × 22 mm
444 pages
115 b&w illustrations, 24 b&w tables, and 397 colour illustrations
Copyright: © 2005
ISBN: 9780958650434
Publication: 31 Dec 2005