Cactus Beach has a very similar feel to Gnaraloo and Tombstones. It’s a private property right on the coast at one of the most famous surf breaks in the country. Ron Gates has owned and managed the property for 25 years. It has a great set up with very basic facilities including stone-walled open-air toilets and fireplaces with wind shelters around them. The camp sites are well spread out and so we have heaps of room to ourselves. There’s plenty to explore on foot as there are tracks all along the coast.
You can tell that Ron has put his heart and soul into this place. With some support from Coast Care and the local progress association there seems to have been plenty done to preserve the dunes, make basic timber lookouts and walkways, and generally keep people off the fragile coastal areas.
And then there’s the surf. The Driver has been dreaming about windsurfing these waves. The swell is monstrous and given the current wind and rain squalls, the waves are massive. Ron assures us that only one person has ever been taken by a shark here in the 35 years he’s been surfing Cactus and Caves.
We’ve had some pretty heavy rain but with breaks in the weather we’ve managed to explore lots of the coastline. The Dog is bombed out from exploring the cliffs!