Cow Bay (north) Beach is patrolled and has green covid status

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Cow Bay is an open, east facing bay, containing three beaches separated by rocky spurs at high tide, but continuous at low tide. The main beach (686) is accessible via the Cow Bay Road and there is a car park and picnic area behind the centre of this beach. Trees hang over the back of the beach, providing shade as well as an attractive backdrop. The adjoining two northern beaches (684, 685) must be accessed on foot or by boat. All three beaches face east and receive waves averaging 0.5 m, which combines with the fine beach sand to maintain a wide, low gradient beach across which the surf breaks when the Trades are blowing. Besides the rocky spurs and boundary headlands, there are patches of coral reef off the middle and main beaches.
Beach Length: 0.2km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

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.




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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.