Machans - Beach in Machans Beach Cairns QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Machans

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Machans Beach is located immediately north of the main Barron River mouth and is part of the Barron River delta. Consequently, while it is a relatively low energy beach with waves averaging less than 0.5 m, it has a very dynamic shoreline owing to changes in the river mouth. The... Read more

Machans Beach is located immediately north of the main Barron River mouth and is part of the Barron River delta. Consequently, while it is a relatively low energy beach with waves averaging less than 0.5 m, it has a very dynamic shoreline owing to changes in the river mouth. The beach is 2.5 km long, with a road and beachfront houses backing most of the beach. In order to protect the houses from shoreline changes, the beach has largely been replaced or backed with a rock seawall. The northern end of the beach has a relatively narrow bar, which toward the southern end is replaced by tidal flats up to 1 km wide. The beach is occasionally breached by Redden Creek, with the southern half called Redden Island and the beach South Machan Beach. However the creek may close for years at a time, forming one continuous beach.

Swimming

Best toward the northern half away from the shallow tidal flats. Beware of crocodiles near the river mouth.

Surfing

Usually none.

Fishing

Best in Barr Creek, when open, and at the river mouth.

General

A long, narrow beach that has been overdeveloped, resulting in the need for the seawall.

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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.

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
25°C
Water
27°C
UV Rating
14 / 11

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Drinking water
Wednesday, 20 Nov 9:48

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.


Machans Beach, QLD 4878
Length: 2.5km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0721