East Pretty Pool

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In August 2001 Port Hedland’s first official nudist beach was approved by the Port Hedland Council, just east of Pretty Pool.

The best section of the beach is 150m east of the sign on the beach, where there is gently sloping sand down to a sandy tidal flat.  The sand is yellow and medium to coarse-grained so does not blow in the wind.  The dunes behind the beach are part of a Reserve and vehicles are not permitted. 

If you plan to swim, avoid low tide, or be prepared for a walk as the sea recedes some 250m across the flat.  Although we are not aware of any particular hazards at Pretty Pool, we recommend visitors obtain local up-to-date advice before swimming in the waters off northern Australia.

Port Hedland is some 1,480km north of Perth on the Great Northern Highway, or 1,780km around the coast.  Commercial flights run every day into the “International” airport.  Accommodation in the area varies from caravan parks and holiday units, up to a 4 star resort in South Hedland.

The town was named after Captain Peter Hedland who discovered the inlet in 1863.  The Visitor Centre has self-guided tours showcasing the historical points of interest.  Large-scale development of the port was started in 1965 to service the Pilbara iron ore industry.  Although a port town, it is a convenient base for tourists visiting the Marble Bar area, or the Millstream-Chichester National park.

Facilities

Above the sand car park is a small sealed car park with rubbish bins, toilets and showers.

Current Status

East Pretty Pool is a legal clothing optional beach.

When To Visit

The weather is most suitable between August and October with daily average temperatures varying from a minimum of 15-20o to a maximum of 25-30oC.  During the summer (December to March) you can expect maximum temperatures up to 45oC and the Pilbara region is sometimes subject to cyclones during this period.  Rain is unusual between July and December although it does become more humid from November on.  Most of the rain falls during the summer as storms, or during May-June.

A sea breeze is normal from lunchtime and cools off the town during summer.  The beach is still enjoyable unless a really strong wind is blowing.

Contacts

There are no nudist contacts for this area. The Port Hedland Tourist Bureau will direct you to East Pretty Pool. They can be contacted by telephone on +61 8 9173 1711, facsimile +61 8 9173 2632, e-mail phtbinfo@norcom.net.au, or by writing to 13 Wedge Street, Port Hedland WA 6721.

How To Get There

Pretty Pool is marked on all the tourist maps and is at the eastern end of Port Hedland, just past Cook Point.  Road access is via Cooke Point Road, which runs between Wilson Street (main road in to town) and McGregor Street.  From the junction with Wilson, drive 500m, then right into Styles Road, alternatively it is 930m from the roundabout on McGregor (then left into Styles).  Then 1.7km to a roundabout, bear left into Counihan Drive, and after 100m take a left turn into Matheson Drive.  The access to Pretty Pool is 50m on your right, and is clearly visible below the road.

The car park is compacted sand behind the dunes.  On the NE side of the car park there is a Town of Port Hedland sign stating that the clothing optional beach is 1km east of the sign.  Walk 100m past the sign over the dunes and on to the ocean beach.  Turn right and it is 500m to another sign at the start of the free beach.  At low tide it is an easy walk along a flat rock pavement.

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In 2007 the Town of Port Hedland published a Municipal Inventory of Heritage Places.  See an extract for Pretty Pool.

Page updated 2 July, 2009.

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