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The view of Buchan Point is the first coastal vista that drivers sees north of Cairns, and consequently there is a parking area by the highway where many tourists stop to record the view. The beach faces north-east and runs for 1.2 km from 20 m high Buchan Point down to where the highway first reaches the coast. The beach is moderately steep and narrow at high tide. The usually low waves surge up the high tide beach and break across a narrow, continuous bar at low tide. There are several houses at the southern end of the beach but no public facilities.
Beach Length: 1.2km
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.


Formal parking area



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