Silver Sands beach (WA 792) extends from the first groyne for 1.6 km, past one central groyne to the next major rock groyne located at the northern end of the Silver Sands subdivision at Wade Street. A road and beachfront houses back the entire beach. Scarping of the beach associated with natural sand movement and the inlet wall construction has lead to the construction of some seawalls and groynes, which cause the sand to build up on their southern sides, thereby slightly realigning the once straight beach. The beach receives waves averaging about 1 m, which surge up the usually steep reflective cusped beach face. They also generate small rips against the groynes.
A continuous 17 km long beach (WA 793A-E) extends north of Silver Sands to Becher Point (Fig. 4.169). The entire beach faces west however it is protected to varying degrees from ocean swell by a series offshore reefs, which lie up to 10 km offshore and lower the waves at the shore. Throughout, the beach is relatively steep, with a continuous attached bar, which in the more exposed central-northern section is cut by rips every 200 m when waves exceed 1 m. A 5 to 10 m high vegetated foredune backs the beach. The coast road lies 1 to 2 km inland and parallels the coast, with access to the beach at each of the settlements. All access points have a car park and usually toilets, with a Surf Life Saving Club at Secret Harbour.
Beach Length: 1.6km
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