It’s that time of the year again when Thompson Beach starts getting busier. Pick up some tips to help make your visit to the town a more pleasant and safe one – for everyone.
October sees two major events in Thompson Beach – our famous blue swimmer crabs start appearing in greater numbers; as do migratory shorebirds (such as those pictured above).
As Thompson Beach becomes more popular, increasing pressure is being placed on both – and the town’s fragile coastal environment generally.
Here’s what you can (and need to) do to reduce your impact not just on the environment, but also on residents of the town.
- The speed limit throughout Thompson Beach is 40 km/h. This is not optional, a recommendation, nor a suggestion. It’s the law. Note that there will be a greater police presence in the town this year.
- Be aware there may be wildlife on the road, including kangaroos and sleepy lizards – and that all native wildlife is protected.
- Do not park across driveways of residents or trespass on private property. It’s not a great way to win friends.
- Dogs must be on a leash at all times and in all areas; except on private property.
- Vehicles are prohibited on the beach and elsewhere in Park area. “I didn’t see the signs” won’t work as an excuse if caught.
- From October 5, 2020 to May 31, 2021 beach driving is also banned on the beach in front of the township (excluding boat launching and retrieval) as a trial to help better protect the area. More on that here.
- Observe catch limits and sizes for blue swimmer crabs and fish. Fisheries are at Thompson Beach regularly checking on catches – and they aren’t shy about handing out fines.
- Take your rubbish with you or place it in one of the bins in the parking area.
- There are toilets at the Ruskin Road car park – please use them rather than toileting elsewhere in the area (for obvious reasons).
- Only use designated paths and trails – the dune environment is fragile.
- The use of unregistered dirt bikes and quads is not permitted, not tolerated and will be reported.
- Campfires and camping are not permitted.
Thompson Beach welcomes visitors who respect the place and its residents. Please ensure you’re one of them!
Learn more about caring for Thompson Beach.