Five Beaches Track


The so-called Five Beaches track name is a little misleading.

There is actually more - seven, or even eight beaches.


All are connected by a loop track that takes you one by one to and through all of the beaches.

beaches loop road 

The northern end of the track starts at the Somerset ruins, where a small track goes east towards the beach.

fly point

Once down on the beach, you can turn left if you want to do a small side track to Fly Point - which is worth it for the views, and there is also the Old Jardine Airstrip.

fly point

After Fly Point you can turn back onto the Beaches Loop Road, and continue along the beach in Freshwater Bay ...

freshwater bay

... to Vallack Point,

vallack point

... which is where Frank Jardine's cattle station once was, in case you read the page about Somerset.

vallack point

After the high point the track goes down again ...

vallack point

... as it comes to Nanthau Beach

nanthau beach

... in the southern end of which the track again turns a bit off the beach and then back.

beaches loop road

After that you come to the northern end of next beach - Narau Beach.

narau beach

You can also continue along the beach to Chandagoo Point and then come back here.

chandagoo point

Back in the northern end of Narau Beach, the Beaches Loop Road continues inland between two lakes - Lake Wieheura and Lake Bronto to the Somerset Road, where turning right takes you back to Somerset and turning left takes you back towards Lockerbie and Bamaga.





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