Palm Cove - Beach in Clifton Beach Cairns QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Palm Cove QLD

Palm Cove Beach lies at the northern end of a 5.5 km long beach that runs south from Buchan Point, where it faces east, through to Clifton Beach and on to Kewarra Beach, where it faces north-east. Deep Creek drains across the beach between Clifton and Kewarra. Kewarra ends in... Read more

Palm Cove Beach lies at the northern end of a 5.5 km long beach that runs south from Buchan Point, where it faces east, through to Clifton Beach and on to Kewarra Beach, where it faces north-east. Deep Creek drains across the beach between Clifton and Kewarra. Kewarra ends in the south at Taylor Point. Twin-peaked Double Island is located 1 km off Buchan Point.The Cairns Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1924, is located on the beachfront 500 m south of Buchan Point. The beach is located 1 km off the Cook Highway and, besides the surf lifesaving club, has most facilities for visitors and tourists, including a variety of tourist accommodations. There is also a boat ramp and fishing jetty just south of the point. The road parallels the beach, with ample parking and a foreshore reserve between the road and beach.The beach is composed of relatively coarse sand which, together with the waves averaging just under 0.5 m, produces a soft, steep high tide beach, and a 40 m wide attached bar at low tide. Waves surge up the steep beach at high tide and break across the bar at low tide.

Swimming

This is a relatively safe beach under normal low waves. However, waves and currents increase during strong south-easterlies. The three patrolled beaches and net enclosures offer the safest bathing, particularly during the stinger season.

Surfing

Usually low, sloppy waves, best at mid to low tide and when there is a bit of south-east wind to pick up the waves.

Fishing

The jetty and northern rocks are the most popular spots, with fishing off the beach best at high tide.

General

One of Cairns' longer and more popular beaches, both with locals and the increasing number of tourists.

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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

Kewarra Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

Sun

26/02

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-

-

-

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Palm Cove (Lifeguards)

Mon

20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

Sun

26/02

08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

Clifton Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

Sun

26/02

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Cairns SLSC

Information

About

Clifton Beach, QLD 4879

Includes beaches:
Kewarra Beach

Length:
5.5km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld0715

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Other facilities
  • Jetty
  • Boat ramp

Weather

Thursday 23, Feb 2:56 am

Day 32°    Night 25°
25.8°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  29°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots before dawn.
Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

7 am
2.52m
12 am
0.65m
7 pm
2.05m
1 pm
1.01m

UV

Index: 17 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:40 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Friday 24, Feb

Day 31°    Night 25°
Showers

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Cairns.
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

7 am
2.63m
1 am
0.53m
7 pm
2.17m
2 pm
0.93m

UV

Index: 17 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm


Weather

Thu 23, Feb to Thu 02, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Thu 23rd 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm
Fri 24th 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm
Sat 25th 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:40 pm
Sun 26th 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:40 pm

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.

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