80 Mile Beach

A return to this iconic beach which lies along the north-west coast of Western Australia about half-way between the towns of Broome and Port Hedland. It is a beach some 220 Kms (140 mi) in length, forming the coastline where the Great Sandy Desert approaches the Indian Ocean. It is one of the most important sites for migratory shorebirds, or waders, in Australia.

We found a new pastime here – it is called rod holding – the idea is to cast a line in the ocean and see who can hold the rod the longest without having a fish go anywhere near your bait. Most people were excellent at this – my record was 3 hours 42 minutes.

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