Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Between Beach 745 and Palmer Point is a 7 km section of coast that runs around the base of a 500 m high spur of the Malbon Thompson Range. Near-continuous beaches, interrupted by granite outcrops and small headlands, fringe the spur. All five beaches are composed of coarse granitic sand and all have steep high tide beaches, with 30 to 50 m wide low tide bars. What differentiates the beaches is their integrity between the rocks, their orientation and degree of rock outcrop along the beach. There is no land access to any of the beaches and no facilities, although some are used for fishing camps.
Beach 746 consists of six scallops of sand, extending for a total of 2 km along the base of the steep slopes, and facing north-east. Each sand patch is bordered by low, granite outcrops and all have varying degrees of rocks on the beach and bars.
The best beaches for swimming are those that are more rock-free, namely Beach 746, which is backed by an open valley rather than steep slopes. Be careful of the numerous rocks, that may be submerged at high tide.
Usually low waves breaking across the bar, with larger waves during strong Trade winds.
The local aboriginal community has a number of fishing camps on these beaches, attesting to the possibility of some good spots. The beaches have deep water at high tide and there are numerous rocks and small headlands to fish from. Be careful of the many rocks if fishing from a boat.
A series of beautiful, natural beaches mixed with numerous granite rocks, and all backed by dense tropical vegetation.