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Between Rocky Point and Island Point is an 11 km wide, open bay. For the first 7 km south of Rocky Point is a strip of sandy beach cut by Saltwater Creek and the Mossman River into three beaches: Rocky Point (south), Newell Beach and Cooya. Increasing protection from Island Point, toward the southern end of Cooya Beach, permits mangroves to grow along the shoreline for the next 7 km to Port Douglas. Cooya Beach lies on the south side of the Mossman River and extends to the south for 2 km before the low energy beach gives way to mangrove-covered tidal flats. The beach lies 4 km east of Mossman and a road runs out to the Cooya settlement, which includes a nice foreshore reserve and facilities, but no store. The beach receives low waves and has a steep, narrow high tide beach, while at low tide the sand flats extend up to 500 m off the beach.
Beach Length: 2km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.


Formal parking area
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