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Cable Beach (waK 19) commences on the north side of Gantheaume Point where it initially faces north before swinging round to trend due north for 6 km to terminate at the scattered sandstone rocks that separate it from the northern beach (waK 20). The beach narrows to 20 m on a spring high tide, widening to 300-400 m on the low tide . The beach receives waves averaging about 1 m, higher when summer westerlies blow. The waves are usually higher at high tide, decreasing at low tide owing to the shallow seabed off the beach. It is largely backed by a low foredune and moderately active sand dune that extend up to 300 m inland and have climbed up on top of the backing red bluffs, to reach a maximum height of 30 m. There is access to the beach at the point, with the main access at the northern end where there is a car ramp. Numerous activities including surfing, swimming, camel riding and wind surfing are available along the beach. On the bluffs immediately south of the ramp, is a grassy park and car park, then the surf club, with the main resort and tourist facilities all located on the eastern side of the road. The surf club was founded in 1988 and sits atop the bluffs with an excellent view across the beach.
Beach Length: 6km
General Hazard Rating: 4/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
Formal parking area
Caravan park
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Toilets Block M/F
Boat ramp




SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.