Buchan Point - Beach in Ellis Beach Cairns QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Buchan Point QLD

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... Read more

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.

Swimming

Buchan is a relatively safe beach under normal low waves, with some low surf at low tide. The point beach is isolated and rocky.

Surfing

Best in strong Trades at mid to low tide, when a sloppy beach break is produced.

Fishing

Both beaches offer good rock fishing spots.

General

Buchan is highly visible as the first beach seen from the highway north of Cairns, while the Point Beach is only known to locals.

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Information

About

Ellis Beach, QLD 4879

Length:
1.2km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld0713

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Weather

Wednesday 22, Feb 5:45 am

Day 32°    Night 25°
23.5°C
Showers

Water Temperature  30°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

7 am
2.41m
12 am
0.78m
6 pm
1.95m
1 pm
1.09m

UV

Index: 17 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Thursday 23, Feb

Day 32°    Night 25°
Showers

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Cairns during the afternoon.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

7 am
2.52m
12 am
0.65m
7 pm
2.05m
1 pm
1.01m

UV

Index: 17 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm


Weather

Wed 22, Feb to Wed 01, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Cairns.
Weather: Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Wed 22nd 18 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm
Thu 23rd 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm
Fri 24th 18 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm
Sat 25th 17 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:40 pm

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.

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