Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Emu Park is a small holiday town that has long been a popular tourist destination. Traditionally holidaymakers have come from Rockhampton and surrounding country towns and even today this is still much the case, with the addition of travelling tourists and backpackers. The town is located in lee of low Emu Point, with attractive beaches either side. The two main surfing beaches immediately south of Emu Point were called Ladies and Mens Beaches. The small Ladies Beach still goes by that name, while Mens is better known today as Emu Park and is the site of the surf lifesaving club.
The main surfing beach is Emu Park beach (1377), located on the south side of the point. It is 1.2 km long and faces due east, with low Rocky Point forming the southern boundary and a rock outcrop on the centre of the beach. Although the northern half is called Mens Beach, south of the rocks is also known as Shellys Beach. A lifesaving reel was placed on the beach in 1917 and the Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1925. The modern club house is located at the northern end of the beach and is fronted by a seawall (Fig. 4.81). It is surrounded by an extensive grassy foreshore reserve and parking areas. The reserve runs the full length of the beach, with houses set well back from the shore.
The beach receives waves averaging 0.5 to 1 m, which break across a wide, low gradient beach. At high tide the beach is 50 m wide, extending to over 200 m wide at low tide. There are low, rocky points at either end, together with the low intertidal rocks in the centre of the beach.
A relatively safe beach, best at mid to high tide. Be careful when waves exceed 0.5 m as rips may occur, at low tide and around the rocks.
The surfing beach for Emu Park, offering a usually low beach break.
Best off the rocks at each end. There is a boat ramp on the north side of Emu Point.
Emu Park and its beaches comprise an attractive, relatively quiet, regional Queensland coastal town. The place to head if you do not need all the trappings of Yeppoon, with the added attraction of a nice patrolled beach.
- Formal parking area