Sand Patch Beach has spectacular coastal views and is located next to the Albany Wind Farm, just 8 km from Albany.
Once a popular surfing and fishing beach stretching 17 km from Sharp Point to Hanging Rock, Sand Patch is now a remnant of its former self. Receiving the full force of the southwest swell, much of the original beach has eroded, leaving a collection of disjointed rocky outcrops and very little sand.
A wooden staircase leads down to the beach proper. It is quite steep and around 500 steps.
Deep water, a healthy salmon population and numerous beach breaks, makes Sand Patch popular with fishermen and surfers, despite its hazards. The swell is often large, there are several reefs, rips and the possibility of sharks. Sand Patch is not suitable for swimming.
From the Albany Wind Farm, a short 100-metre walk takes to the Sand Patch lookout. The view along the coastline is breathtaking, with a bracing wind a reminder of the nearby Wind Farm. Interpretive signage tells the story of the region.
A wooden staircase, a short distance away leads down to the beach proper. It is quite steep and around 500 steps with platforms are provided on the way to rest and take in the views.
As the Bibbulman Track passes through the area, there are several walking paths to explore. Most seasons you will find wildflowers and native orchids to admire.
From Frenchman Bay Road, follow the signs to Albany Wind Farm. Sand Patch Beach lookout is a short 100-metre walk from the carpark. The view from the lookout is worthwhile, the trip down and up the stairway to the beach itself will require a reasonable degree of fitness.
Article updated 29/10/2016.