Thursday, 10 December 2015

Eighty Mile Beach, WA

Eighty Mile Beach, lies along the north-west coast of Western Australia about half-way between the towns of Broome and Port Hedland. It is a beach some 220 klms (140 mile) in length, forming the coastline where the Great Sandy Desert approaches the Indian Ocean.

What a great beach this is with it's shells, as you walk along the beach you can feel them under your feet.
There is a caravan park just a few steps from the beach, the power is by generator provided by the people who look after the Caravan Park.
The Park is closed for the Cyclone Season, which is wise.
To buy groceries you have to drive south to Port Hedland about 400klm.  Milk and frozen bread (fresh bread) can be purchased at the park shop.

Looking one way, the beach is endless, looking the other way, it's endless.
There are also a couple of sunset photos as we did stay here two nights, then headed further south.




Looking for shells


1st nights sunset and the Indian Ocean


I remember standing there taking a few photos knowing that I would not see the sea again for a few nights :)


A Memorial to the Vietnam Veterans at 80 mile beach. 
Many of them go there in the winter for a holiday.


 A barbecue after the evening service.  Everyone was invited by word of mouth, but of course not everyone went.




Part of the caravan park, new sites are being done.




The men and women fishing






The second nights sunset


The road in and out to 80 miles beach - 10 klms of a corrugated road, which isn't too bad.


41 comments:

  1. Such beautiful pictures. Thank you for sharing your visit with us.
    I wish you a lovely day.

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  2. ohhhh

    Here in Florida we have a saying. Life's a beach. Enjoy it.

    I'm from the desert. That can be beautiful too. (I do miss the mountains...not many of those in Florida)

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    1. Mac!
      We have the same saying here - "Life's a Beach".
      Colin

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    2. Same saying here as Colin says.
      Mountains and desert, beautiful i bet!

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  3. Sure is an amazing beach and the surf appears to be as flat as a pancake!
    Do the dolphins come in here where the caravan park is located for food like they do at Monkey Mia??
    The "Vietnam" war memorial is pretty unexpected way out there. Must be some reason for this???? Maybe way out there the veterans started reunions due to the unresponsive "welcome back" they received after the war?? Like "stuff you", we'll have our own gatherings and if so good for them.

    The Stock grid across the red dirt road - those bring back memories. In the 50's they were everywhere across roads in outback NSW, Qld etc. Now no more, but in WA with the vast cattle stations, I guess they still are very important. I can just visualise and almost smell the dust on that road if caught behind a vehicle. You either stopped in the 50's around Moree or drove like a devil possessed to ensure you were not passed - ha ha.
    Great informative blog report Margaret.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. The tide goes way out, a real long way. I reckon dolpins would pass by but be a long way out.

      The Vietnam Vets, as i mentioned many go there to 80 mile beach in the winter for a holiday.. it's a place for them to get together.

      A few stock grids on the road but not heaps. I expect that back in those days there would have been more..

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  4. What a wonderful beach. The colors are fantastic with the intense sun during the day and the sunset in the evening.

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  5. Australia has so many of these long stretches of beach, Victoria with its own Ninety Mile Beach. The colours in your photos are so vibrant.

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    1. We are lucky with our Beaches Andrew. Haven't visited 90 mile beach, will have too oneday.
      The colours-that's the way it was, definitely NO photoshopping.

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  6. Beaches are good to visit from time to time, but I am not one to live even near one. Makes more room for those who do want to live on a beach--huh?

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  7. A very beautiful outing. Still I love collecting sea shells whenever I go to beaches.

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    1. Plenty on 80 mile beach. I didn't get any this time we were there, last time i did..

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  8. Gorgeous! I love the white sand and lapping waves!

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  9. I've heard of 80 mile beach, but never expected to actually see it. It's very lovely. I like the second sunset photo.

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  10. What a glorious place. I really like the idea of the Vietnam Vets having such a beautiful place to gather. And sufficiently isolated so that even those with PTSD might have a chance to join in.

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    1. Exactely. I'm sure there would be some there with PTSD..great place for them to get together on their holiday.

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  11. Margaret what a great beach. Our beaches at Baltic sea are not as beautiful as yours.Wow lifeis a beach but I can onl;y say city is a life living 700 km from the sea,What a pity... I love collecting shells

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    1. We do have lovely beaches Gosia, however, many live far from the beach.

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  12. It looks a glorious beach at all times of the day - I bet children love collecting the shells there - curiously here 'life is a peach'

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    1. Have heard that one, 'life is a peach' :)
      I never saw any children there. Certainly in summer no one would be there for the places is closed, due to the very hot conditions and the Cyclone season....not safe.

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  13. Your photos were great therapy for my winter blahs. I could feel the warmth emitting from everyone of them.

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    1. Well that's good Andy. I hope that can continue with other photos i post of our travels.

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  14. Quite a remarkable beach Margaret! Gloriously clear skies for sunset watching too. Beautiful!

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  15. Beautiful beach and sky shots. Lovely sunsets too!

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  16. I think the rest of the world had forgotten that Australia had sent troops to Vietnam. I always feel extra sorry for the losses in that war. The conflict was all politics and the war they were fighting was un-winnable. I know Canada was wise enough not to let the United States drag them into their war.

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    1. Wasn't a war to be proud of Adam. Then what was was or is. There was a lot of problems for the troops who came home to Australia, as know doubt with the US troops.

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  17. Very good sandy beach , here you can swim quietly without agglomeration.

    Kisses

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    1. You can swim but i didn't see anyone doing that. Great fushing beach though.

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  18. So... is it really 80 miles long? I'd love to run along that beach. Beautiful photo of the sunset.

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    1. Monica, the beach is about 220km long. I don't think i could run 80 miles....just a few meters for me :)

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  19. The beach goes for miles.... amazing photos. Loved them.

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    1. Thanks. It sure goes as far and beyond what i could see with my eyes.

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  20. hi there. i've been catching up on your blog and want to say thank you for the mini tour of outback australia. you have certainly clocked up a few kms and seen some interesting places. i was talking to a friend this morning about moving to tassie as we are experiencing a heat wave atm. :) i hope you are well and enjoy your christmas time.

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    1. Lots of miles covered and more next year to cover.
      It's hot today and this week actually, but I did see where you are experiencing a massive heatwave - way too hot for me at 40 deg or over..
      Yes, I'm fine thanks as I hope you are too..

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