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Palm Cove

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
qld0715
Includes Beaches:
Palm Cove Kewarra Beach
State/Region:
QLD - Clifton Beach
Post Code:
4879
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 ( Least hazardous)

Beach

Palm Cove Beach lies at the northern end of a 5.5 km long beach that runs south from Buchan Point, where it faces east, through to Clifton Beach and on to Kewarra Beach, where it faces north-east. Deep Creek drains across the beach between Clifton and Kewarra. Kewarra ends in the south at Taylor Point. Twin-peaked Double Island is located 1 km off Buchan Point.

The Cairns Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1924, is located on the beachfront 500 m south of Buchan Point. The beach is located 1 km off the Cook Highway and, besides the surf lifesaving club, has most facilities for visitors and tourists, including a variety of tourist accommodations. There is also a boat ramp and fishing jetty just south of the point. The road parallels the beach, with ample parking and a foreshore reserve between the road and beach.

The beach is composed of relatively coarse sand which, together with the waves averaging just under 0.5 m, produces a soft, steep high tide beach, and a 40 m wide attached bar at low tide. Waves surge up the steep beach at high tide and break across the bar at low tide.

Swimming

This is a relatively safe beach under normal low waves. However, waves and currents increase during strong south-easterlies. The three patrolled beaches and net enclosures offer the safest bathing, particularly during the stinger season.

Surfing

Usually low, sloppy waves, best at mid to low tide and when there is a bit of south-east wind to pick up the waves.

Fishing

The jetty and northern rocks are the most popular spots, with fishing off the beach best at high tide.

General

One of Cairns' longer and more popular beaches, both with locals and the increasing number of tourists.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
200

Location

Information Symbols

  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Other facilities
    Other facilities
  • Parking Parking
  • Jetty Jetty
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp

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 15/09 Tue 16/09 Wed 17/09 Thu 18/09 Fri 19/09 Sat 20/09 Sun 21/09
Cairns SLSC
          13:00
- 17:00
09:00
- 17:00
Palm Cove (Lifeguards)
09:00
- 17:00
09:00
- 17:00
09:00
- 17:00
09:00
- 17:00
09:00
- 17:00
09:00
- 13:00
 

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
3
First Aids:
6
Preventative Actions:
736

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Cairns SLSC Palm Cove (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 14° wind W/

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CAIRNS AP (14 km) issued at Thu 18 Sep 03:00 (EST)

WATER

24

Issued at Wed, September 17 13:00

SWELL FORECAST

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

Swell:
Less than 1,5 metres.
Bowen to St Lawrence issued at (Local Time)

UV INDEX

12

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    0:31
    1.07m
  • High
    6:14
    1.98m
  • Low
    12:01
    0.88m
  • High
    18:42
    2.59m
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Cairns issued at Thu, September 18 00:00 (Local Time)

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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