Beaches of the Western Australian Coast: Eucla to Roebuck Bay
Beaches of the Western Australian Coast: Eucla to Roebuck Bay
Andrew Short
SUP - Marine Studies
ISBN: 9780958650434

433 pages, 517 original figures, including 408 photographs, glossary, general index, beach index, surf index.

This book is about the entire 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 2051 mainland beach systems.

Chapter 1 covers the geological evolution of the coast and the role climate, wave, tides and wind in shaping the present coast and beaches. Chapter 2 presents in more detail the sixteen types of beach systems that occur along the Western Australian coast, while Chapter 3 discusses they types of beach hazards along the coast and the role of Surf Lifesaving Western Australia in mitigating these hazards.

Chapter 4 presents a description of every one of the 2051 mainland beaches (Eucla-Roebuck Bay), as well as 63 beaches on Rottnest Island. The description of each beach covers its name, location, physical characteristics, access and facilities, with specific comments on its surf zone character and physical hazards, as well as its suitability for swimming, surfing and fishing. Based on the physical characteristics each beach is rated in terms of the level of beach hazards from the least hazardous rated 1 (safest) to the most hazardous 10 (least safe).

The book contains 512 figures which include 409 photographs, which illustrate all beach types, as well as beach maps and photographs of all beaches patrolled by surf lifesavers and many other popular beaches.