This beautiful sandy beach nestled between rocky outcrops is also renowned for the Redgate surf break.
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This is the location of a local legend. The Georgette shipwreck, which sank on 1 December 1876 near Calgardup Beach, Redgate. Two women and five children drowned when one of the three lifeboats overturned. The wreck was seen in the breakers by Aboriginal stockman Sam Isaacs. He and his employer’s 16-year-old daughter, Grace Bussell, rode their horses into the surf and out to the capsized lifeboats. Over four hours, Sam and Grace made several trips into the surf bringing the passengers and crew—clinging to their horses and clothes—safely back to the beach. Twelve of the 50 passengers and crew lost their lives. The wreck’s location was rediscovered in 1964.
Redgate is in a special purpose surfing zone and is popular with the locals and visitors to the South West. For more information on zones, visit the Fisheries website.
The ocean can be unpredicatable and conditions can change quickly. This is an unpatrolled beach where dangerous rips can occur. Lives have been lost. Take note of all advisory and risk signs on site and be aware of the weather and ocean conditions. To find a patrolled beach go to Surf Lifesafing Australia Beachsafe Website.
Please be aware that the only fishing permitted in this zone is line fishing and diving for rock lobster. No rock lobster or octopus potting is allowed. For more information visit the Fisheries website. Learn more about staying safe while fishing.