Redgate BeachDuring the 1800's the coastline between Cape Leeuwin and Albany was the
only link between Western Australia and the rest of the world. European ships heading to and from Africa and
the Eastern States would use this route before seeking safe anchorage at Albany.
Unfortunately the unpredictable weather, poor
navigational aids and rocky headlands made it treacherous for these ships, with over 80 vessels being lost off
the coast in a ten year period. One of those vessels was the sail/steamer SS Georgette , which sunk in Calgarup Bay near Redgate Beach. The SS Georgette was carrying 50
passengers and a hull full of Jarrah timbers when it struck trouble near Redgate Beach. If it wasn't for the
brave actions of Sam Isaacs and 16 year old Grace Bussell many people onboard the ship would have perished.
At the Redgate carpark there is a Grace Bussell Memorial and on a calm day, if you look south from
the carpark, about 90m out to sea, you can see the wreck of the Georgette lying in 5m of water. Today Redgate beach
is a popular destination for surfers.