Ninety Mile Beach
Australia’s Ninety Mile Beach, on the coast of Victoria, has a solid claim to be the world’s longest uninterrupted natural beach. The beach runs in a southwest to northeasterly direction and fronts a series of dunes. Waves generally break too close to the beach for good surfing, and strong rip currents make the conditions hazardous for swimmers. In the northeastern part of Ninety Mile Beach, several large lakes and shallow lagoons, known as the Gippsland Lakes, lie behind the dunes. Beneath the sea, vast plains of sand stretch in every direction and are home to a large variety of small invertebrate life, including crustaceans, worms, and burrowing mollusks.