Yalata Coast landscape

Yalata Coast is one of nine distinct landscapes in the Alinytjara Wilurara natural resources management region. It includes the area east of the Nullarbor, where the Bunda cliffs become a coastline of massive dunes, or the Yalata Dune system. These dunes stretch from Head of Bight to Wahgunyah Conservation Park. There are no permanent towns or communities in the vicinity of the Yalata coast. The Yalata people use coastal areas—particularly around Yalata Beach—for fishing, swimming and camping.

Key characteristics

  • The Yalata Dune system, one of the largest sand masses in the state
  • Unique coastal areas, which are part of the largest stretch of south-facing coastline in the southern hemisphere
  • Vast stretches of relatively undisturbed beach coastline
  • Habitat for globally significant threatened marine mammals
  • Habitat for many species of fish, sharks, sea birds and wader birds
  • No known permanent surface water

Native plants and animals

  • Birds such as the hooded plover, osprey, white-bellied sea eagle and migratory waders of international significance
  • Reptiles, such as the Nullarbor bearded dragon and beach slider
  • Rare and endangered marine mammals, such as blue whales, humpback whales and southern right whales
  • Unique marine plants and animals, some found nowhere else in the world, including large populations of sponges, sea slugs, sea squirts and unusual seaweeds

Visiting

The Yalata community has basic campground facilities for recreational fishers and four-wheel drive tourists and campers, utilised mainly during the fishing season in spring to early summer.

Access to this region may require a pass or permit. Visitors should also be aware that there are safety issues specific to the region.


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