We visited this beach at the end of April but needed two attempts to get it right.
The website suggested to go 2 hours each side of low tide. So, first attempt was at 8:30am (low tide was 6:30am). But, this was too late. The tide was coming in fast and no amount of digging was going to revive the one slightly warm spot donated to us. So, we decided to brave the cold water and just go for a swim. Considering the time of year, the water wasn’t that cold. It was beautiful, very clear and in some spots you can feel the warm (or extremely hot) sand on your feet. It’s a strange experience when most of your body feels cold in the water yet the sand is too hot to even stand on.
We returned our shovel thinking we wouldn’t be back. We explored other attractions in the area but decided to return for attempt 2 at 4:30pm (low tide was 7pm). Luckily, the lady from the gallery who we rented a shovel from (cost $10) remembered us from the morning and didnt pay a second time.
There were already a lot of people at the beach sitting comfortably in their holes (at which point I decide the website/tide predictions are wrong). We tried hard to find ourselves some real estate (no luck). But, we were lucky to have a family leave and they offered their spot to us. We quickly realised you can’t dig deep so you end up sitting in shallow warm-boiling water. It was a fascinating experience and my partner enjoyed it more than I did running between the hot and cold. We left after dark when most people were gone so we had the chance to try out a couple areas which became available over time.
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