101 Best Australian Beaches by Brad Farmer, Andrew Short

By Brad Farmer, Andrew Short

Written via a marine scientist and a browsing activist, this fantastically illustrated and punctiliously researched booklet will inspire viewers and natives alike to discover the Australian coast. "Which Australian seashore is made completely of shells?" "Which seashore has the most important waves? the place is the world's largest sand dune? the place do loggerhead turtles come to put their eggs? Why does Australia have the simplest shores at the planet?" Answering those and plenty of different questions, this booklet offers priceless info and engaging tales approximately Australia's 11,761 mainland shores.

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East Woody forms the northern boundary of the township and is easily reached via the golf course road, with an access road paralleling the beach leading to three beach access areas, the western one ending at the creek mouth. A band of low dunes fringed by shady casuarina trees backs the entire beach. The beach faces north, with the trade winds usually blowing offshore producing relative calm conditions and crystal clear water. At high tide the water is deep against the beach, shoaling as the tide falls.

Indd 53 4/07/12 9:58 AM C y lin d ers B each N O R T H S T R A D B R O K E I S L A N D , Q ueenslan d ISLAND BEACH | FERRY RIDE FROM BRISBANE | BIG SAND DUNES | SURF T ❂ North Stradbroke Island, a short ferry ride from Brisbane, is the world’s second largest sand island. The pick of its 14 beaches is Cylinders, which offers the best surf on the island as well as some shelter from prevailing winds. hink sand and lots of it. You’ll be shaking it off for weeks after you visit – after all, this island is made of it.

Set in a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay, Diggers is made up of two strips of sand totalling just 1 kilometre in length. The beach lies between two prominent and undeveloped headlands that stretch about 300 metres out to sea. A low-key resort straddles the small Jordans Creek, which drains out across the northern end of the beach. Public access is at the southern Diggers Beach Reserve, which offers a car park, playground, barbecues, picnic shelters, two viewing platforms and beach showers. The beach is rarely crowded as it is off the main road and can be hard to find.

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