Learning about beaches

The City is home to an amazing coastline stretching for 17kms between Marmion and Burns Beach including sandy beaches, rocky cliffs, coastal vegetation and the marine environment.

A diversity of marine animals including migratory birds, whales and sea lions live in the waters of the Indian Ocean. Other wildlife like the Echidna, Quenda and many reptile species also occur in the nearby land environment adjacent to the shore. The dune environment within the City includes important vegetation ranging from Spinifex grasslands, to coastal shrublands and upper storey trees such as eucalypts.

To learn more about the City’s coast:

Adopt a coastline teaching resources

The Adopt a Coastline Program is for students in years 4 to 7 to raise awareness of the ecological values of the local coastline and learn about rehabilitation and protection activities along the coast. The program includes the following 2013 Australian curriculum aligned teaching resources.

Key learning area Teacher’s guides Student worksheets
The Importance of the Coast The Ocean is not a rubbish bin

Coastline Historical Timeline

Recollections of the Past / Uses and Impacts on our Coastline

The Ocean is not a rubbish bin

The Ocean is not a rubbish bin – simple version

The Ocean is not a rubbish bin – language sheet

Coastline Historical Timeline

Uses and Impacts on Our Coastline

Recollections of the Past

Indigenous Heritage Values  

A Day at the Beach for Traditional Noongar People

 

A Day at the Beach for Traditional Noongar People

Biodiversity Living on the Coast – Plant Adaptations, Life in the Extremes and Marine Molluscs

How waves erode a beach / How do plants stop erosion

Living on the Coast- Plant Adaptations

Life in the Extremes

Marine Molluscs

Year 4/5 How do waves erode a beach? / How do plants help stop erosion?

Year 6/7 How do waves erode a beach? / How do plants help stop erosion?

Beach Activities Beach Activities

What is a Global Citizen

Management of beaches

The City undertakes a number of activities to manage its beaches including weed control, fencing, installing access ways, paths and signage, feral animal control, fire management, waste management, sand stabilisation and sand drift management and revegetation.

Site specific plans are being developed for key environmentally significant coastal areas that have high biodiversity values, ecological connectivity and regional importance. These plans guide on-ground management actions such as:

  • Marmion Coastal Foreshore Reserve Management Plan
  • Sorrento Coastal Foreshore Reserve Management Plan                                                                                                                            
  • Hillarys-Kallaroo Coastal Foreshore Reserve Management Plan
  • Mullaloo Coastal Foreshore Management Plan
  • Ocean Reef Foreshore Reserve Management Plan.

The City recognises that future climate changes and potential sea level rise may impact on the City’s beaches and coastal areas. The City has assessed potential future coastal hazards and is identifying ways to address those hazards.