Cape Kimberley (south) - Beach in Kimberley Cairns QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Cape Kimberley (south)

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Cape Kimberley forms the northern boundary of the 12 km wide bay into which the Daintree River flows. Between the river mouth and the cape is the 3.5 km long Cape Kimberley Beach. The beach faces south-east, directly into the Trades, however Snapper Island 2.5 km offshore and the river... Read more

Cape Kimberley forms the northern boundary of the 12 km wide bay into which the Daintree River flows. Between the river mouth and the cape is the 3.5 km long Cape Kimberley Beach. The beach faces south-east, directly into the Trades, however Snapper Island 2.5 km offshore and the river mouth shoals lower the waves along parts of the beach. The beach is accessible by the 10 km long Cape Kimberley Road that runs out to the cape from the Daintree ferry, skirting the extensive floodplain and swamp that backs the beach. There is a resort and camping area at the northern end of the beach, together with public parking and facilities, making this a relatively popular beach. The more exposed parts of the beach receive waves averaging 0.5 m, which break across a wide, low gradient beach that is up to 200 m wide at low tide. Toward the southern end, the Daintree River mouth shoals extend up to 1 km off the beach, substantially lowering the waves and widening the low tide beach

Swimming

Best at the accessible northern end. Stay clear of the river mouth owing to strong tidal currents and possibly crocodiles.

Surfing

Also best at the northern end, where the waves are larger and break across the low bar as a sloppy beach break.

Fishing

Best fishing is off the rocks at the northern end, or into the river mouth in the south.

General

A very accessible and relatively popular beach with facilities for tourists and the public.

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Hazards

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

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Formal parking area
Camping
Toilets
Drinking water
Boat ramp
Friday, 3 Apr 10:35

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.


Kimberley, QLD 4873
Length: 3.5km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0691