Ellis Beach begins where the Cook Highway, 20 km north of Cairns, really meets the Coral Sea. Rounding Buchan Point, the highway parallels the entire length of the 2 km long beach, continuing on past northern Simpson Point. Steep, forested slopes rise up to 600 m within 1 km of the highway, while a soft, sandy beach lies immediately east of the highway. The beach faces north-east and runs essentially straight for 2.5 km from the northern side of Buchan Point up to a group of rocks. There is a pocket sand and cobble beach at the junction with the point, otherwise it is an essentially steep, sandy beach. The Ellis Beach caravan park straddles the highway in the southern half of the beach, with the centre occupied by the Ellis Beach Surf Life Saving Club, a kiosk and store. There is good access and parking for most of the length of the beach. The beach is composed of medium sand which produces a soft, moderately steep high tide beach, fronted by a low gradient, continuous 50 m wide bar, that is exposed at low tide. Waves average 0.5 m, only increasing in height during strong south-easterlies. A small rock groyne crosses the beach in the patrol area.
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.