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Eighty Mile beach one of best
Eighty Mile beach one of best

Eighty Mile Beach has been listed in a new book as one of Australia’s best.

The beach was one of 16 in WA to be mentioned in the book 101 Australian Beaches, compiled by marine scientist Andrew Short and conservationist Brad Farmer.

Professor Short and Mr Farmer looked at Australia’s 11,761 beaches to produce a well researched and scientific compilation of the best sandy spots.

Professor Short said the beaches were judged on physical appearance, unusualness, public access points and management.

He said Eighty Mile ticked all the boxes.

“It’s a beautiful long beach, one of the longest beaches in Australia,” he said.

According to Professor Short, Eighty Mile Beach is 220km long, exceeding the average length of all Australian beaches, just 1.4km.

“It’s also one of the best spots for collecting shells in Australia, or even the world,” he said.

“The huge tide range means at low tide you can walk up to 1km out to sea.”

Although Eighty Mile Beach was the only Pilbara beach to make the list, Professor Short said Port Hedland’s Pretty Pool and Dampier’s Hearson’s Cove weren’t far off.

Eighty Mile resident Emily Lewis, who has lived at the beach’s caravan park for five years, said she was in love with the area.

“It’s amazing, a beautiful place,” she said.

“Even in the middle of August (peak tourist season) you can still find a place on the beach without anyone else and go fishing.”