Ellis - Beach in Ellis Beach Cairns QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Ellis QLD

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... Read more

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.

Swimming

The surf lifesaving club patrols the centre of the beach just across the highway from the club house. It is best to swim here both for safety and for access to the adjacent amenities.

Surfing

There is usually a low, sloppy surf, particularly at mid to low tide.

Fishing

You can fish off the steep beach at high tide, however at low tide you will need to walk out onto the bar to cast across the narrow surf zone.

General

This is Cairns northernmost patrolled beach and also its most accessible from the highway. An attractive beach wedged between the sea and the mountains, with sufficient facilities for the visitor or camper.

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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

Ellis Beach SLSC

Mon

16/10

Tue

17/10

Wed

18/10

Thu

19/10

Fri

20/10

Sat

21/10

Sun

22/10

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13:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Ellis Beach (Lifeguards)

Information

About

Ellis Beach, QLD 4879

Length:
2.5km

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

Beach Key:
 qld0712

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets

Weather

Saturday 21, Oct 11:04 pm

Day 30°    Night 22°
21.7°C
Patchy rain

Water Temperature  26°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots.
Swell: Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers inshore, 50% chance elsewhere. The chance of a thunderstorm in the late afternoon and evening.

Tide

9 am
2.27m
3 am
0.55m
9 pm
2.00m
3 pm
1.03m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Sunday 22, Oct

Day 29°    Night 22°
Shower or two

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly about 10 knots.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

10 am
2.16m
3 am
0.68m
9 pm
1.79m
4 pm
1.23m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm


Weather

Sat 21, Oct to Sat 28, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly about 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots during the day.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning.

Tide


UV

Sat 21st 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm
Sun 22nd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm
Mon 23rd 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm
Tue 24th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 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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