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Ellis

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
qld0712
Includes Beaches:
Ellis
State/Region:
QLD - Macalister Range
Post Code:
4871
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 ( Least hazardous)

Beach

Ellis Beach begins where the Cook Highway, 20 km north of Cairns, really meets the Coral Sea. Rounding Buchan Point, the highway parallels the entire length of the 2 km long beach, continuing on past northern Simpson Point. Steep, forested slopes rise up to 600 m within 1 km of the highway, while a soft, sandy beach lies immediately east of the highway.

The beach faces north-east and runs essentially straight for 2.5 km from the northern side of Buchan Point up to a group of rocks. There is a pocket sand and cobble beach at the junction with the point, otherwise it is an essentially steep, sandy beach. The Ellis Beach caravan park straddles the highway in the southern half of the beach, with the centre occupied by the Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club, a kiosk and store. There is good access and parking for most of the length of the beach.

The beach is composed of medium sand which produces a soft, moderately steep high tide beach, fronted by a low gradient, continuous, 50 m wide bar, that is exposed at low tide. Waves average 0.5 m, only increasing in height during strong south-easterlies. A small rock groyne crosses the beach in the patrol area.

Swimming

The surf lifesaving club patrols the centre of the beach just across the highway from the club house. It is best to swim here both for safety and for access to the adjacent amenities.

Surfing

There is usually a low, sloppy surf, particularly at mid to low tide.

Fishing

You can fish off the steep beach at high tide, however at low tide you will need to walk out onto the bar to cast across the narrow surf zone.

General

This is Cairns northernmost patrolled beach and also its most accessible from the highway. An attractive beach wedged between the sea and the mountains, with sufficient facilities for the visitor or camper.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • 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 14/04 Tue 15/04 Wed 16/04 Thu 17/04 Fri 18/04 Sat 19/04 Sun 20/04
Ellis Beach SLSC
          13:00
- 18:00
09:00
- 18:00
Ellis Beach (Lifeguards)
10:00
- 18:00
10:00
- 18:00
10:00
- 18:00
10:00
- 18:00
10:00
- 18:00
10:00
- 13:00
 

STATISTICS

July 2013 - June 2014

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
12
Preventative Actions:
1352

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Ellis Beach SLSC Ellis Beach (Lifeguards)

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 28° wind SSE/15 km/h

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CAIRNS AP (20 km) issued at Thu 17 Apr 10:30 (EST)

WATER

28

Issued at Thu, April 17 07:00

SWELL FORECAST

Today's Swell Description
Wind:
North to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots.

Swell:
Less than 1,5 metres.
Cooktown issued at (Local Time)

UV INDEX

11

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    3:59
    1.17m
  • High
    9:44
    2.47m
  • Low
    16:06
    0.73m
  • High
    22:34
    2.77m
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Cairns issued at Thu, April 17 00:00 (Local Time)

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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