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 Unpatrolled Today Change Day

Kewarra Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

22/05

Tue

23/05

Wed

24/05

Thu

25/05

Fri

26/05

Sat

27/05

Sun

28/05

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-

-

-

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Cairns SLSC

Mon

22/05

Tue

23/05

Wed

24/05

Thu

25/05

Fri

26/05

Sat

27/05

Sun

28/05

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-

-

-

-

13:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Palm Cove (Lifeguards)

Mon

22/05

Tue

23/05

Wed

24/05

Thu

25/05

Fri

26/05

Sat

27/05

Sun

28/05

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-

-

-

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08:00 - 17:00

08:00 - 17:00

Clifton Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

22/05

Tue

23/05

Wed

24/05

Thu

25/05

Fri

26/05

Sat

27/05

Sun

28/05

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09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

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

Friday 26, May 8:04 am

Day 28°    Night 20°
22.1°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  25°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore north of Cairns in the morning.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, decreasing to around 1 metre later in the evening.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a shower south of Innisfail, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

8 am
2.51m
3 am
0.73m
9 pm
3.06m
3 pm
0.12m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:20 pm


Radar

128 km

radar helper

Weather

Saturday 27, May

Day 28°    Night 20°
Possible shower developing

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.

Tide

9 am
2.34m
3 am
0.84m
10 pm
2.99m
3 pm
0.23m

UV

Index: 8 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:20 pm


Weather

Fri 26, May to Fri 02, Jun


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.

Tide


UV

Fri 26th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:20 pm
Sat 27th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:20 pm
Sun 28th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:20 pm
Mon 29th 8 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 9:20 am to 3:20 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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