Beaches of the Northern Australian Coast

The Kimberly, Northern Territory and Cape York

Andrew D. Short

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Format: paperback
472 pages
ISBN: 9781920898168

Publication: 01 Dec 2006

Publisher: Sydney University Press

Beaches of the Northern Australian Coast covers beaches between Broome and Cooktown, and includes all beaches in the Kimberley region, the Northern Territory and Cape York – in all, 3,489 beaches spread along 11,869 km of tropical coast.

This book has two aims. First, to provide the public with general information on the origin and nature of the Northern Australian beaches, including the contribution of geology, oceanography, climate and biota to the beaches, and information on beach hazards and safety. Second, to provide a description of each beach, including its name(s), location, access, facilities, dimensions and the character of the beach and surf zone.

The book comments on the suitability of the beach for bathing, surfing and fishing, with special emphasis on the natural hazards. 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. The Kimberley, Northern Territory and Cape York coasts
  2. Beach systems and hazards
  3. Northern Australian beaches
  4. The Kimberley coast
  5. Northern Territory coast
  6. Cape York coast

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 × 23 mm
472 pages
30 b&w tables, 380 colour illustrations, and 57 b&w illustrations
Copyright: © 2006
ISBN: 9781920898168
Publication: 01 Dec 2006