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Port Douglas (Four Mile)

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld0697
State/Region:
QLD Port Douglas
Post Code:
4877
Length:
4km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
douglas beach  (1.8km) alexandria reefs  (4.7km) cooya  (5.6km) pebbly beach  (6.3km) palm beach (newell)  (6.8km)

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. A beach accessible wheelchair is available for use on Four Mile Beach from Macrossan House, 19 Macrossan St Port Douglas. Please contact Trevor and Phillipa at Macrossan House for Beach Chair usage. They are more than happy to deliver the chair to your hotel for you. You will need to sign the indemnity form that comes with the chair. Phone: 07 4099 4366

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • 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

Regulation Symbols

    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.

    Last updated: 28/08/2013 12:04:51

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 22/08 Tue 23/08 Wed 24/08 Thu 25/08 Fri 26/08 Sat 27/08 Sun 28/08
    Port Douglas SLSC
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    Four Mile Beach (Lifeguards)
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2016 - June 2017

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    2
    Preventative Actions:
    69

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

    Hazards

    • Irukandji Irukandji
    • Bluebottles Bluebottles
    • Chironex Chironex
    • Crocodiles Crocodiles
    • Long beach Long beach

    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

    Thu, 25 Aug 07:00 pm

    LOW ISLES (10 km)


    Cloudy.
    24.10 °C
    SE/28 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    29° 20° 28° 18° 25° 16° 25° 15° 26° 16° 26° 17°

    WATER

    25

    Issued at Thu, 25 Aug 14:02

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • S
      8 km/h
      0.3m
    • SE
      17 km/h
      0.8m
    • S
      6 km/h
      0.2m
    • SE
      14 km/h
      0.6m
    • SSE
      14 km/h
      0.7m
    • SE
      18 km/h
      0.9m
    • SSE
      15 km/h
      0.7m
    • SE
      19 km/h
      0.8m

    Port Douglas issued at Wed, 24 Aug 18:19

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    North to northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting southeasterly 15 to 20 knots early in the morning.
    Swell:
    Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning, then decreasing to around 1 metre later in the evening.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

    UV INDEX

    TODAY'S TIDE

    • high
      03:14
      1.87m
    • low
      09:52
      0.89m
    • high
      16:44
      2.24m
    • low
      23:11
      1.24m

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    Port Douglas issued at Thu, 25 Aug 19:46

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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