Sand Patch Beach

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Sand Patch

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.