Mandalay Beach is approximately 18km west of Walpole and takes its name from the Norwegian barque which was wrecked there in 1911. The beach is popular with anglers and features superb views of the Southern Ocean and Chatham Island, which is about 3km from the shore.
Welcome to our page on the beaches and coastlines in our area of the Great Southern.
We have some amazing places to visit and explore, take a moment to read a little about the beaches and coastlines. There may be a gem of a spot you hadn't heard of yet!
Coalmine Beach is situated on the southern shore of the Nornalup Inlet, appoximately 3km east of Walpole and 120km from Albany. A boardwalk leads to a lookout over cliffs which feature a seam of low-grade coal at the base. Walpole Yacht Club, which has a car park, jetty and boat ramp, marks the beginning of the beach.
The Knoll is a peninsula dividing the Nornalup and Walpole inlets and is accessible via the Knoll Scenic Drive. On the flats, the landscape features swamp bottlebrush heathland, while opposite the headland coastal blackbutt, peppermint and bullich woodland dominate. Karri and yellow tingle forests grow down to the inlet.
Conspicuous Cliff is east of Walpole's Valley of the Giants, off the South Coast Highway. It is one of only three places around Walpole offering vehicle access to the coast - Peaceful Bay and Manadalay Beach being the others. The cliff's coastal heathland features swamp paperbark and red flowering gum trees in the summer. This tree is well distributed in the region between Frankland and Denmark as well as east of Albany.
In spring and winter, whales are clearly visible from the Conspicuous Beach lookout. Fishing from the rocks is not advised due to the danger of freak waves and swimming is strictly forbidden due to constant rips.
Rip currents are responsible for many deaths every year in Western Australia , making them a major concern for lifeguards. But despite this common danger, many swimmers don't know anything about rip currents and would have no idea how to survive if they were caught in one.
A rip current is a narrow, powerful fast moving current of water running perpendicular to the beach, out into the ocean. These currents can extend from around 60m to 750m long but are typically less than 9m wide. These currents are often called "riptides," but this is a complete misnomer, as tides are the rising and falling of water levels in the ocean and are primarily caused by the moon's gravitational pull and change gradually and predictably every day. Rip currents are caused by the shape of the shoreline itself and can be sudden and unexpected.