A lovely promenade, along a raised wooden boardwalk built to protect the dunes, skirts the edge of the beach so you can have a nosy look at the properties as well as the wonderful coastline. This stretch of coast is regularly visited by a large pod of some 200 dolphin. In the right season, you may also see a Humpback or Southern Right whale.
At times there are sand artists who create amazing sculpted work.
For those who want a longer walk , you can continue to Salt Rock. It takes a little more than an hour at a comfortable pace but there are fascinating rock formations, beautiful beaches and lovely tidal pools, so take a bite and a drink in your knapsack as it may take the whole day to explore and swim along the way.
Park near the Galley Beach Bar & Grill, head down the steps and turn left. Charlie’s Pool, an Olympic-size tidal pool in Thompson’s Bay is about halfway along. After that you cross the beach and come to a rocky section called Shaka’s Rock, where enemies of the Zulu king met a grim end. There are more cliffs ahead, with an optional path over the top so you can bypass the rocky platforms at high tide, but low tide is great as you go through a hole in the wall of rock. There is another tempting tidal pool just before the final stretch along Umhali Beach to the Salt Rock Parking area, which is before the Salt Caravan Park. Salt Rock is where Shaka’s people would collect and dry salt to trade with the early settlers.