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Yorkeys Knob

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld0719
State/Region:
QLD Cairns
Post Code:
4878
Length:
1.7km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
yorkeys point  (1km) moon river  (1.5km) holloway  (1.8km) trinity beach  (2.7km) machans  (3.6km)

Beach

Yorkeys Knob is a 70 m high headland which forms the northern end of the beach of the same name. The beach runs toward the south-east for 1.5 km where it encounters the mouths of Yorkeys and the larger Richters Creeks, and their associated tidal shoals. Yorkeys Knob settlement, including two caravan parks, parallels the northern half of the beach, with houses also spreading up onto the headland. There is excellent beach access for the length of the beach.This attractive, tree-lined beach is composed of medium sand, that has built a steep high tide beach, while at low tide, low sand flats are exposed. The sand flats increase dramatically in width toward the southern creek mouths. A rock groyne is located at the north end and extends out from the Knob. This was constructed in 1959-60, following severe beach erosion during the 1956 cyclone. Sand has built up on the southern side of the groyne providing a degree of protection for the road and houses. However, a rock seawall is still present along most of the developed beach section.

Swimming

Best at high tide in the northern patrolled area. Sand flats are exposed at low tide, while closer to the creek mouths there are strong tidal currents.

Surfing

Usually only small wind waves that are best at mid tide. Waves reach 1.5m during strong Trade Winds, with best surfing and windsurfing toward the northern end.

Fishing

The rock groyne is popular at high tide, while the creek mouth can be fished from the banks or a boat.

General

A quiet beach 5km off the highway; favoured by locals and campers.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Camping Camping
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Groyne Groyne

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 13:55:09

     

    PATROL INFORMATION

    Patrol Information
      Mon 26/09 Tue 27/09 Wed 28/09 Thu 29/09 Fri 30/09 Sat 01/10 Sun 02/10
    Yorkeys Knob Beach (Lifeguards)
    09:00
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    17:00
    09:00
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    17:00
    09:00
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    17:00
    09:00
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    17:00
    09:00
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    17:00
    09:00
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    17:00
    09:00
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    17:00

    STATISTICS

    July 2016 - June 2017

    Rescues:
    0
    First Aids:
    0
    Preventative Actions:
    0

    The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Yorkeys Knob 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

    Thu, 29 Sep 09:00 pm

    CAIRNS AP (4 km)


    Partly cloudy.
    26.30 °C
    N/13 km/h
    Wind

    Weather information
    ThuFriSatSunMonTue
    31° 22° 31° 23° 30° 23° 31° 23° 31° 23° 30° 23°

    WATER

    27

    Issued at Thu, 29 Sep 14:24

    SWELL FORECAST

    Thursday
    Friday
    Saturday
    Sunday
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • AM
    • PM
    • NW
      7 km/h
      0.4m
    • SSW
      19 km/h
      0.7m
    • W
      11 km/h
      0.5m
    • NE
      10 km/h
      0.6m
    • W
      6 km/h
      0.2m
    • NE
      9 km/h
      0.3m
    • E
      8 km/h
      0.3m
    • E
      11 km/h
      0.3m

    Cairns issued at Thu, 29 Sep 04:39

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    Today's Swell Description
    Wind:
    Northeasterly 10 to 15 knots turning northerly 15 to 20 knots before dawn.
    Swell:
    Below 0.5 metres.
    Seas:
    Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
    Weather:
    Partly cloudy. 30% chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

    UV INDEX

    16



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    TODAY'S TIDE

    • low
      02:05
      0.70m
    • high
      08:20
      2.44m
    • low
      14:12
      0.66m
    • high
      20:36
      2.75m

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    Cairns issued at Thu, 29 Sep 21:49

    WARNINGS

    TODAY'S RADAR

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