Nine Mile Beach (WA26321)

Beach trip report

General Location Esperance
Aboriginal Tribe/Language Group Wudjari Language
Access to beach staircase walkway from carpark
Beach Classification Wave Dominated – Intermediate – Rhythmic bar and beach
Start Date/Time 2 February 2018 17:44
Start Location (inc Lat/Log) S33° 54.395’ E121° 47.031’
End Date/Time 2 February 2018 17:57
End Location (inc Lat/Log) S33° 53.846’ E121° 46.537’
Mode of Travel Walk
Distance Travelled 1.3km
Location of Sand Sample (lat/Long)  S33° 54.160’ E121° 46.814’

Nine Mile Beach is the 23rd beach completed in the MileBeachClub campaign. It was very special to have the entire crew from @Woodsieswanderoz and @rhodes_island_five; two Nomad travelling families who joined us for our first WA mile beach.

Initially it was a little difficult identifying exactly where or which stretch of sand was Nine Mile Beach. There are a numerous carparks and staircase walkways that lead down from the roadway as you drive west from Esperance. The names of these carparks do not seem to exactly match the geographical named beach. After checking notes, bearing and coordinates we found the correct 1.3km stretch of sand that was the 1.3km long Nine Mile Beach.

There were six adults, five children who clambered down the staircase walkways onto Nine Mile Beach. While some may say all were there to join the MileBeachClub, I think they may have also been motivated by the great race.  The idea for the great race started back in Lucky Bay when our dear friends (wife and husband) Kat and Adrian challenged each other to a running race along Nine Mile Beach. To say that this challenge became an epic or exciting event is an understatement. Normally by 5pm most nomad families are relaxing in the caravan park feeding children and contemplating happy hour but on this special day three carloads of seasoned nomads travelled 15km out to witness the momentous event.

I am happy to advise that following numerous witness statements and a race steward enquiry the great race was finally awarded to Kat, sorry Adrian. Also, very special thanks must also go to young Zeke who did an excellent job with sand sample collecting and recording.

So welcome to the Mile Beach Club; Kasia, David, Zeke, Milly, Halle, Katharine, Adrian, Jack and Edison.

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