Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Horseshoe Bay is the most popular of Bowen’s twelve beaches. It is a picturesque little beach, lying out on the north-east tip of Cape Edgecumbe, 4 km from the town centre. The whole cape is composed of rounded granite rocks and boulders (Fig. 4.43), including the famous landmark Mother Beddock, a large, round boulder perched seemingly precariously 100 m above Kings Beach.
Horseshoe Bay beach (955) is just 150 m in length, faces north-east and is bordered by large, rounded granite boulder-headlands. The road runs right to the back of the beach where there is a car park, kiosk, an amenities block and a shady picnic area, with two small resorts tucked in behind.
The beach receives low waves, usually less than 0.5 m, which combine with the medium to coarse granitic sand to build a steep beach at high tide, with a narrow, shallow bar exposed at low tide. Surf, currents and rips are rare, requiring waves greater than 0.5 m to form.
A relatively safe beach under normal low wave conditions; just use care if swimming or snorkelling around the rocks.
A popular spot to fish off the rocks or beach, particularly at high tide. There is a boat ramp in adjoining Greys Bay.
One of the nicest beaches on the coast, very popular with locals and tourists.
- Formal parking area