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

Cairns SLSC

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

Sat

30/09

Sun

01/10

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13:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Palm Cove (Lifeguards)

Mon

25/09

Tue

26/09

Wed

27/09

Thu

28/09

Fri

29/09

Sat

30/09

Sun

01/10

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 13:00

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Kewarra Beach (Lifeguards)

Clifton Beach (Lifeguards)

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

Monday 25, Sep 12:20 pm

Day 30°    Night 18°
28.3°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  25°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots. Winds tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots inshore in the afternoon.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 20% chance of a light shower offshore north of Cairns in the evening. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

Tide

5 am
1.05m
12 pm
1.69m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 26, Sep

Day 30°    Night 18°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

5 am
1.18m
4 pm
1.81m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:00 pm


Weather

Mon 25, Sep to Mon 02, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Mon 25th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 3:50 pm
Tue 26th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:40 am to 4:00 pm
Wed 27th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Thu 28th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:00 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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