Sceale Bay

Sceale Bay

Sceale Bay is a 33km long section of predominantly sandy coast set between rocky headlands at Cape Blanche to the south and Point Westall to the north.

The main part of the Bay is a magnificent 20km white sandy beach backed by a stable vegetated dune. At the northern section of the beach, the vegetated dune has been breached, and a large mobile dune-field (the White Sands of Yanerbie) extends several kilometres inland.

Smooth Pool

"Smooth Pool" and "Skippy Pool" are two protected lagoons that provide an optimal environment for snorkelling and diving. A range of reef and school fish may be observed in these locations and there are also some excellent dive sites in the exposed waters south-east of these locations. Smooth Pool is known for the largest population of the rare (and World's smallest!) Sea Star Little Pattie, which is found in only a few locations on the west coast.

Yanerbie Dune-Field

The Yanerbie dune-field, sometimes known as "The White Sands of Yanerbie" are an extensive and mobile dune system comprising of fine, white silica sands. There are registered burial sites of Aboriginal significance, and an archaeological site of European cultural heritage at the old whaling settlement of Trial Harbour. There are also historic shipwrecks in the waters of Sceale Bay that are protected by law. Visitors are requested to respect all of these sites and report any discovery of Aboriginal burial sites to the Police.

Seagull Lake

There is a significant wetland system behind the main dune of the Sceale Bay beach, which includes "Seagull Lake", a prominent feature on the road between Streaky Bay and Sceale Bay. Seagull Lake is a stranded saline swamp dominated by Zostera and Ruppia marine seagrasses and fed by marine springs.

The Whirlpool

Another special feature is the nearby "Whirlpool", another marine spring which has been noted to support populations of marine fish and snails. This natural feature is in need of urgent protection as the current practice of using water from the pool for road works is having an impact on an important stranded marine spring and wetland. This wetland complex supports a range of migratory and resident Shorebirds, including Hooded Plovers, Fairy Terns, Banded Stilts, Red-necked Avocets and Eastern Curlews. It is also known to support a significant population of the rare Coastal Bead Samphire, a small succulent wetland plant.

Sceale Bay Conservation Park

Sceale Bay Conservation Park protects the mid section of the Sceale Bay dune, and includes most of Seagull Lake. The Park is signposted on the main Streaky Bay to Sceale Bay road, and a 4WD access track to the Park joins this road on the northern edge of Seagull Lake. There are no facilities in this Park.

Surfers Beach

Surfers Beach is located in the mid-section of Sceale Bay beach, and is easily accessible from the main Streaky Bay to Sceale Bay road. There is a carpark above the beach and a boardwalk provides beach access.

The rocky headland of Cape Blanche forms the southern boundary to Sceale Bay. This is a spectacular and remote section of coastline, home to coastal raptors and the Australian Sea Lion colony at Nicholas Baudin Island.

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