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.
end of the track starts at the Somerset
ruins, where a small track goes east towards the beach.
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
Point you can turn back onto the Beaches Loop Road, and
continue along the
beach in Freshwater Bay
to Vallack Point,
... which is
Jardine's cattle station once was, in case you read the
page about Somerset.
high point the track goes down again ...
... as it
comes to Nanthau Beach,
... in the southern end of which
the track again turns a bit off the beach and then back.
you come to the northern end of next beach - Narau
continue along the beach to Chandagoo
and then come back
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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