Cable Beach

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This article is about the beach in Australia. For the beach in Cornwall, see Porthcurno. For the beach in the Bahamas, see Nassau, Bahamas.
Cable Beach at low tide

Cable Beach is a 22 km (14 mi) stretch of white sand beach on the eastern Indian Ocean about 6 km (3.7 mi) west of Broome, Western Australia. Cable Beach was named after the telegraph cable laid between Broome and Java in 1889. Low cliffs of red ochre rise behind the very flat and wide beach, with waves that are mostly gentle in the dry season from May to October.[1]

Box jellyfish, also known as stingers, may be present between November and April.[2] Warning signs are posted on the beach and stingers may be present outside the normal wet season months.[3][4]

A camel train on the beach

Camel rides are offered around sunrise and sunset hours on the northern parts of the beach just past a rocky section. Four-wheel drive vehicles are permitted north of the rocks, as well as clothing-optional sunbathing and swimming.[1][5]

Gantheaume Point is located at the extreme southern end of the beach. The Gantheaume Point lighthouse is a good place for observing dolphins and migrating whales during their migration seasons. Dinosaur footprints estimated at 130-million-years-old are visible in the rocks at low tides.[1]

Minyirr Park is located adjacent to the southern section of the beach with walking trails that traverse the area behind the red ochre dunes. The park is a coastal reserve that protects the traditional land of the Yawuru people.[1][5]

References[edit]

Sunset over the Indian Ocean
  1. ^ a b c d "Cable Beach". Tourism Australia. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  2. ^ "Cable Beach". Kimberley Australia. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  3. ^ "Irukandji stings close Cable Beach". The West Australian. 2010-05-10. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  4. ^ "Cable Beach in Broome closed after irukandji jellyfish scare". ABC News. 2015-09-10. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 
  5. ^ a b "Cable Beach". Lonely Planet. Archived from the original on 2016-03-13. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

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Coordinates: 17°57′4.81″S 122°12′5.64″E / 17.9513361°S 122.2015667°E / -17.9513361; 122.2015667