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Between the southern end of Port Douglas (Four Mile) Beach and Yule Point are 6 km of crenulate tidal flats, which lie either side of the small Mowbray River mouth. To the north of the river mouth the tidal flats are known as Douglas Beach, while to the south they are named Alexandria Reefs, for the adjacent coral reefs. The reefs and Yule Point lower average waves to a few centimetres at the shoreline. Douglas Beach faces north-east and lies 1.5 km off the Cook Highway, with a road off the Port Douglas Road leading to houses behind the northern end of the beach. Apart from the few houses there are no facilities. The beach in lee of Alexandria Reefs extends from the river mouth to the north side of Yule Point, where the Cook Highway runs right over the very southern end of the beach, providing a view of the mangroves and tidal flats. Both beaches have narrow high tide beaches fronted by sandy tidal flats up to 1.5 km wide, and then fringing coral reef. There are pockets of mangroves along the beaches, as well as dense mangroves either side of the river mouth.
Beach Length: 2.5km
General Hazard Rating: 2/11

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