Ninety Mile Beach, Victoria

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This article is about the beach. For the adjacent marine national park, see Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park. For other uses, see Ninety Mile Beach.
Ninety Mile
Beach
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False colour NASA landsat image of Ninety Mile Beach and the Gippsland Lakes
Country Australia
State Victoria
Region East Gippsland
Coordinates 38°18′8″S 147°17′15″E / 38.30222°S 147.28750°E / -38.30222; 147.28750Coordinates: 38°18′8″S 147°17′15″E / 38.30222°S 147.28750°E / -38.30222; 147.28750
Location of the Ninety Mile Beach in Victoria

The Ninety Mile Beach is a sandy stretch of beach on the south-eastern coastline of the East Gippsland region of Victoria in Australia. The beach faces Bass Strait and backs the Gippsland Lakes. The beach is just over 151 kilometres (94 mi) in length, running north-eastward from a spit near Port Albert to the man-made channel at Lakes Entrance.

Behind the beach are long sandy dunes that separate the Gippsland Lakes from Bass Strait.[1] The beach is an uninterrupted stretch of untamed coastline; it does not have any rocky headlands or platforms, and offshore there are only a few ribbons of reef which are periodically covered by sand.[2]

In the northern section, the beach runs along a sandbar on what amounts to a series of tidal islands. Behind this are several large lakes and numerous shallow littoral lagoons. The three main lakes are Lake King, Lake Victoria and Lake Wellington, partially contained within The Lakes National Park.

Location[edit]

The Ninety Mile Beach is located about 260 kilometres (160 mi) from Melbourne[3] and can be reached from the South Gippsland Highway passing the coastal towns of McLoughlins Beach, Woodside, Seaspray, Golden Beach, and Loch Sport. The beach is located within the Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park, with the Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park located off-shore.

Tourism[edit]

Ninety Mile Beach attracts a large number of visitors each year and offers a wide variety of activities such as camping, picnicking, whale watching, and beach and water-based activities.[4] The beach has golden sand,[5] with crashing waves and a natural bush environment.

It is part of the Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park, which covers 2,750 hectares and 5 kilometres (3.1 mi) of coastline, 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Sale.[6] There are basic camping facilities within the park at Emu Bight, as well as accommodation at Seaspray and Lakes Entrance.

Rotamah Island, which is part of the Lakes National Park, has a large bird observatory, and can be visited by boat from Paynesville, about 6 kilometres (3.7 mi) away.

Coastal towns of Woodside, Lochsport, Seaspray, Golden Beach and Lakes Entrance are popular tourist towns, attracting large numbers of visitors during the warmer months. Woodside, Seaspray and Lakes Entrance have life saving beach patrols during the summer season.[7]

Surf fishing is a key drawcard for the area, with main varieties of fish including snapper, flathead and gummy sharks. Port Albert, McLoughlins Beach, Lochsport and Lakes Entrance have jetties and temporary berthing facilities.[8][9]

Ecology[edit]

The beach's length ensures that the waves break too close to the beach for good surfing, and there are strong rip currents and cross-currents that make conditions rather hazardous. The local authorities recommend that anyone who wishes to swim should do so at Woodside, Seaspray and Lakes Entrance, which have life saving beach patrols during the summer season.

The beach is believed to be the fourth longest uninterrupted beach in the world, behind Praia do Cassino on the Brazilian southern coast, Padre Island on the US Gulf Coast and Eighty Mile Beach in Western Australia, which is actually 140 miles (230 km) long.

Wild horses were introduced to the park after the islands were explored to help eat and trample down small areas of bush so it could be more easily explored but they were left unchecked and their numbers quickly increased. Their large numbers grew and over time started to caused concern as environmental damage became an issue, but once the park was established as a national heritage the horses were rounded up and transported back across to the mainland.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia". Tourism Victoria home. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  2. ^ "Parks Victoria - Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park". parkweb.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  3. ^ "Ninety Mile Beach, Victoria". web page. Tourism Australia. 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "The Lakes National Park and Gippsland Lakes Coastal Park Plan" (PDF). Parks Victoria. Retrieved 21 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Gippsland Ninety Mile Beach". web page. Melbourne & Victoria. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Ninety Mile Beach Marine National Park". web page. Parks, Victoria. 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ninety Mile Beach, Gippsland, Victoria, Australia". Tourism Victoria home. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  8. ^ "Corner Inlet, Anderson Inlet, Slipways, Boatyards, Port Authority". www.gippslandports.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2015-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Ports and Harbours, Snowy River, Boatyards, Corner Inlet, Gippsland Ports". www.gippslandports.vic.gov.au. Retrieved 2015-06-21.