Waterman Bay beach (WA 855) is a 500 m long beach bordered by 20 m high bluffs (Fig. 4.206), with a lower central section and the West Coast Highway right behind. It is fronted by 50 m wide reefs in the south and along the narrower northern section, with a central 200 m long open water section, free of rocks and reefs, with usually a narrow attached bar. There is a viewing platform off the highway above the centre of the beach. Parking is restricted to the highway and backing streets. During high swell there are breaks over some of the reefs along Waterman, called Gravers or Grabbers.
Trinity Beach is a popular, well developed beach located 2 km east of the Cook Highway, approximately 15 km north of Cairns. The 1.5 km long beach faces north-east and is bounded by 215 m high Earl Hill to the south and 60 m high Taylor Point to the north. Trinity Beach shopping centre is located behind the centre of the southern half of the beach. In addition, facilities for both locals and tourists are available along the beachfront, which includes a continuous foreshore reserve, parking and backing road.The beach is composed of coarse sand that produces a steep, narrow beach at high tide with little surf (Fig. 2.14a), and a wider, lower gradient, exposed, 40 m wide bar at low tide, with a wider surf. Waves average 0.5 m, picking up during strong south-easterly winds. Lifeguards patrol the central beach area where the stinger enclosure is located.
Burleigh beach is a straight, 2 km long section of sand running between South Nobby headland and the larger Burleigh Heads (Fig. 4.153). The beach is paralleled by The Esplanade, which has apartments and high rise buildings on its western side, with a grassy foreshore reserve located between the road and the beach.