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Ocean Dunes

stipas on dunes

The long sweep of 13th Beach stretching to the west is a dynamic shoreline of constant surf and formidable dunes. While a recreational haven for surfers and beach goers, salt laden winds (seaspray) and shifting sands makes the coast a challenging place for plants and animals.

A wide variety of plants bind and shape the dunes. Trailing Spinifex Grass, Cushion Bush and Dune Thistles are common in the swales. Coast Beard Heath, Coast Daisy Bush and Thyme Rice-flower thrive while large tussocks of Coast Spear-grass give protection to smaller plants and a home to reptiles and insects.

Above the dunes Nankeen Kestrels defy gravity while out to sea free-wheeling Gannets dive with military precision. Shore birds including the endangered Hooded Plover chase the receding tides for food and seek refuge in the seaweed wrack at high tide.

PLEASE OBSERVE THE WARNING SIGNS IN HOODED PLOVER HABITATS.