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Scarness-torquay

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Beach Number:
qld1525
Includes Beaches:
Scarness-torquay
State/Region:
QLD - Torquay
Post Code:
4655
General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 ( Least hazardous)

Beach

Scarness and Torquay are at the centre of the thriving Hervey Bay urban area. Beside a growing resident population, the whole area fills with summer and holiday tourists, including increasing numbers of international tourists drawn to see the whales that can be seen over winter in Hervey Bay.

Scarness-Torquay beach (1525) runs between Tooan Tooan Creek and Urangan (Fig. 4.97). It is a 6 km long, north facing beach backed by a shady foreshore reserve and The Esplanade, with caravan parks and numerous facilities in the reserve and the two towns. In addition there are boat ramps, the Maryborough and Hervey Bay sailing clubs and one small jetty spread along the beach. At the eastern end is an 870 m long jetty, built in 1917 to reach the deep water of the strait and once used to connect trains to the ships that moored at the end.

The beach is protected from swell by Fraser Island and usually receives low wind waves less than 0.5 m high. The tide range is just over 2 m and the beach ranges from 50 m wide at high tide to 200 m to 300 m wide at low tide. The sand flats widen off Urangan where there are extensive tidal shoals, at the mouth of Tooan Tooan Creek at Pialba, and toward Point Vernon where they merge with rock flats. They also widen off Urangan as the massive tidal shoals (Fig. 4.98) of the Great Sandy Strait run north of Dayman Point.

The beach is patrolled by the Hervey Bay District Surf Life Saving Club. The club was established in 1955 and today patrols the Torquay section of the beach, also known as Shelly Beach.

Swimming

A relatively safe beach, that is best at mid to high tide. Low tide presents wide, exposed or shallow sand flats. Beware of strong tidal currents over the Urangan sand flats.

Surfing

None usually. A cyclone is required to push waves down into the bay.

Fishing

A very popular fishing area, with most fishers heading out in boats to fish the strait, with beach and rock fishing best at high tide. There are a number of boat ramps available.

General

One of Queensland’s major holiday destinations offering a full range of facilities and accommodation, a usually quiet, safe beach and excellent fishing.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
100

Location

Information Symbols

  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Caravan park Caravan park
  • Parking Parking
  • Boat ramp Boat ramp
  • Unspecified Unspecified

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.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 15/12 Tue 16/12 Wed 17/12 Thu 18/12 Fri 19/12 Sat 20/12 Sun 21/12
Hervey Bay SLSC
          13:00
- 18:00
09:00
- 18:00
Torquay Beach QLD (Lifeguards)
08:00
- 18:00
08:00
- 18:00
08:00
- 18:00
08:00
- 18:00
08:00
- 18:00
08:00
- 13:00
 

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
2
First Aids:
8
Preventative Actions:
86

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Hervey Bay SLSC Torquay Beach QLD (Lifeguards)

Hazards

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

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WATER

26

Issued at Thu, December 18 13:00

SWELL FORECAST

Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • PM
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  • PM
  • AM
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  • N
    0.5 m
  • N
    0.3 m
  • NNE
    0 m
  • N
    0.5 m
  • N
    0.3 m

Torquay issued at Wed, December 17 23:00 (EST)

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UV INDEX

13

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TODAY'S TIDE

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Urangan issued at Thu, December 11 00:00 (Local Time)

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