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South of Deepwater Creek the coast trends south-south-east then south-east for 34 km to the mouth of the Kolan River. In between are three long beaches, each bordered by creek mouths. All three beaches are accessible by vehicle. Wave height gradually decreases down the coast, as the beaches each receive increasing protection from Fraser Island 100 km to the south-east. Kolan River beach (1491) is an 11 km long, north-east facing beach. The first 1 km is a bare, narrow recurved spit, followed by 6 km of relatively straight and more stable beach, with the final 5 km comprising a large, dynamic series of spits and tidal shoals associated with the mouth of the Kolan River. The river mouth shoals and channel extend over 2 km offshore. The high tide beach has a moderate slope and is fronted by a continuous low tide bar, that usually receives waves averaging 0.5 m. The entire beach is backed by a beach and foredune ridge plain that is 2.5 km wide in the north, expanding to 5 km wide to the south. This plain is part of the larger Burnett River delta. There is 4WD access to the beach toward the northern end and in the south via Miara, a small settlement located just inside the river mouth.
Beach Length: 11km
General Hazard Rating: 3/11

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