Mission Bay is a 7 km wide, north facing bay bordered by False Cape and Cape Grafton. Cook named Cape Grafton in 1770 and noted in the bay several fires and some (aboriginal) people. He anchored 3 km offshore owing to the shallow nature of the bay. Later a mission was established in the bay, and today it is the site of the Yarrabah Aboriginal Community. It is therefore a region of long and continuous aboriginal occupation.
The settlement is located along the western end of Yarrabah Beach, at the end of the Yarrabah Road. It is the only one of the four bay beaches that can be reached by road. There is a small, exposed beach (730) out on the east side of False Cape, that consists of a high tide strip of sand and large granite boulders. The main Yarrabah Beach (731) is 3.3 km long, faces north and consists of a narrow, low energy high tide strip of sand fronted by tidal flats up to 1.5 km wide. It grades into mangroves at its western end.
Beach Length: 0.2km
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