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Ellis

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld0712
State/Region:
QLD Cairns
Post Code:
4879
Length:
2.5km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
simpson point (south 2)  (0.9km) buchan point  (1.2km) simpson point (south 1)  (1.3km) palm beach point  (1.8km) simpson point (west)  (2km)

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.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets

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: 16/03/2009 13:47:10

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 18/07 Tue 19/07 Wed 20/07 Thu 21/07 Fri 22/07 Sat 23/07 Sun 24/07
    Ellis Beach SLSC
    13:00
    -
    17:00
    09:00
    -
    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2016 - June 2017

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    0
    Preventative Actions:
    0

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

    Hazards

    • Irukandji Irukandji
    • Bluebottles Bluebottles
    • Chironex Chironex
    • Crocodiles Crocodiles
    • High Tide Range High Tide Range

    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

    Sat, 23 Jul 09:30 pm

    CAIRNS AP (12 km)


    Mostly clear.
    20.70 °C
    NNW/7 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    SatSunMonTueWedThu
    24° 16° 24° 16° 24° 16° 24° 17° 23° 17° 23° 16°

    WATER

    25

    Issued at Sat, 23 Jul 14:00

    SWELL FORECAST

    Saturday
    Sunday
    Monday
    Tuesday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • SSE
      11 km/h
      0.6m
    • SE
      10 km/h
      0.7m
    • SSE
      10 km/h
      0.5m
    • SE
      13 km/h
      0.9m
    • SSE
      14 km/h
      0.7m
    • SE
      17 km/h
      1.1m
    • SSE
      17 km/h
      1m
    • SE
      19 km/h
      1.3m

    Cairns issued at Fri, 22 Jul 21:56

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
    Swell:
    Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef.
    Seas:
    Around 1 metre.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower.

    UV INDEX

    8



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      05:15
      1.07m
    • high
      11:03
      2.10m
    • low
      17:09
      0.78m
    • high
      23:45
      2.65m

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    Cairns issued at Sat, 23 Jul 23:01

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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