Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
The view of Buchan Point is the first coastal vista that drivers sees north of Cairns, and consequently there is a parking area by the highway where many tourists stop to record the view. The beach faces north-east and runs for 1.2 km from 20 m high Buchan Point down to where the highway first reaches the coast. The beach is moderately steep and narrow at high tide. The usually low waves surge up the high tide beach and break across a narrow, continuous bar at low tide. There are several houses at the southern end of the beach but no public facilities.
Buchan is a relatively safe beach under normal low waves, with some low surf at low tide. The point beach is isolated and rocky.
Best in strong Trades at mid to low tide, when a sloppy beach break is produced.
Both beaches offer good rock fishing spots.
Buchan is highly visible as the first beach seen from the highway north of Cairns, while the Point Beach is only known to locals.
- Formal parking area