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Port Douglas (four Mile)

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
qld0697
Includes Beaches:
Port Douglas (four Mile)
State/Region:
QLD - Port Douglas
Post Code:
4877
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 ( Least hazardous)

Beach

Four Mile Beach (Port Douglas) is one of the best known and most popular beaches of northern Australia. What was a sleepy coastal town in the 1970’s became an international tourist destination by the late 1980’s. Three major resorts back the beach, together with golf courses and a marina in the town. The beach runs due south for 4 km and is also known as Four Mile Beach. It begins at the base of prominent, 70 m high Island Point and ends amongst the rocks, reefs and mangroves of the Mowbray River mouth. For the most part the beach is very low, flat, and at low tide up to 200 m wide. The sand flats widen toward the river mouth.

The northern end of the beach, just 1 km from the town centre, is the most accessible and most popular. It is also the site of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1984, that patrols the beach as well as maintaining a stinger enclosure. Down the beach is the large Mirage Resort which provides three beach access tracks. Further access tracks are available through the residential development along the southern half of the beach, including one at the sailing club.

Swimming

Generally better at high tide, when it's deeper and not such a long walk to the water. Rips are rare, except during strong Trade winds and accompanying waves. During the stinger season a net enclosure is located in front of the surf lifesaving club.

Surfing

Usually low, short waves, with the beach more popular for wind surfing, particularly when the Trades are blowing.

Fishing

It is flat off the beach and most fishers use the northern headland, the town jetties or head offshore in a boat.

General

A popular tourist destination and well worth a visit. There is plenty of space and the added safety of a patrolled beach and stinger enclosure.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Surface:
Sealed
Spaces:
25

Location

Information Symbols

  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets Disabled Toilets
  • Showers Showers
  • Kiosk Kiosk
  • Public phone Public phone
  • BBQ BBQ
  • Picnic Picnic
  • Playground Playground
  • Cafe Cafe
  • Lookout Lookout
  • Natural shade Natural shade
  • Mobile Phone Coverage Mobile Phone Coverage
  • Parking Parking

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 21/04 Tue 22/04 Wed 23/04 Thu 24/04 Fri 25/04 Sat 26/04 Sun 27/04
Port Douglas SLSC
            09:00
- 17:00
Four Mile Beach (Lifeguards)
09:00
- 18:00
09:00
- 18:00
09:00
- 18:00
09:00
- 18:00
09:00
- 18:00
09:00
- 18:00
 

STATISTICS

July 2013 - June 2014

Rescues:
1
First Aids:
285
Preventative Actions:
4178

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Four Mile Beach (Lifeguards) Port Douglas SLSC

Hazards

Service Providers

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

WEATHER

Today 26° wind SSE/

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Weather information
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LOW ISLES (16 km) issued at Thu 24 Apr 16:00 (EST)

WATER

27

Issued at Thu, April 24 13:00

SWELL FORECAST

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • E
    0.8 m
  • E
    0.8 m
  • E
    0.8 m
  • E
    0.7 m
  • E
    0.8 m

Port Douglas issued at Wed, April 23 22:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

10

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • High
    5:41
    2.76m
  • Low
    12:07
    0.78m
  • High
    18:07
    2.37m
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Port Douglas issued at Thu, April 24 00:00 (Local Time)

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TODAY'S RADAR

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