Moderately hazardous: 4-6
Highly hazardous: 7-8
Extremely hazardous: 9-10
Elliott Heads forms the northern boundary of the shifting mouth of the 1 km wide Elliott River. There is a small islet just off the mouth, while Coonarr sand spit forms the southern shore. The river mouth and settlement of the same name are located 15 km south-east of Bundaberg and contain a number of holiday houses, that surround a large foreshore reserve containing a beachfront caravan park and the Elliott Heads Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1965. The reserve continues around into the river mouth, with a large kiosk overlooking the mouth. There are three small beaches at the heads: the main beach backed by the surf lifesaving club, a small beach south of the groyne, and a highly variable beach/sand spit just inside the river mouth (Fig. 4.92 & 4.93).
Elliott Heads beach (1509) is 150 m long, with a rocky foreshore and rock groyne forming the northern boundary and a large rock groyne at the southern end. The groyne helps separate the beach from the extensive tidal shoals and currents of the river mouth. At high tide the beach is 50 m wide, however at low tide the combination of low waves and tidal currents has built sand flats that extend 200 to 300 m seaward.
The main beach is a relatively safe beach close inshore at mid to high tide. However, be very careful at low tide and near the river mouth. Do not swim in the river as the river channel is deep and contains strong tidal currents, plus there are shifting holes and shoals out on the sand flats, even in front of the surf lifesaving club.
Usually a low beach break, with the best surf over the river mouth shoals. Waves average 0.5 m, with occasional higher swell coming in around Fraser Island.
A very popular spot owing to the deep river entrance. Most people fish from boats or from the river channel or groynes at high tide.
An interesting little beach equally popular with swimmers and fishers. It has a well-maintained foreshore reserve, together with the added safety of the surf lifesaving club.
- Formal parking area