Port Douglas (four Mile) - Beach in Port Douglas Cairns QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Port Douglas (four Mile) QLD

Four Mile Beach (Port Douglas) is one of the best known and most popular beaches of northern Australia. What was a sleepy coastal town in the 1970’s became an international tourist destination by the late 1980’s. Three major resorts back the beach, together with golf courses and a marina in... Read more

Four Mile Beach (Port Douglas) is one of the best known and most popular beaches of northern Australia. What was a sleepy coastal town in the 1970’s became an international tourist destination by the late 1980’s. Three major resorts back the beach, together with golf courses and a marina in the town. The beach runs due south for 4 km and is also known as Four Mile Beach. It begins at the base of prominent, 70 m high Island Point and ends amongst the rocks, reefs and mangroves of the Mowbray River mouth. For the most part the beach is very low, flat, and at low tide up to 200 m wide. The sand flats widen toward the river mouth. The northern end of the beach, just 1 km from the town centre, is the most accessible and most popular. It is also the site of the Port Douglas Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1984, that patrols the beach as well as maintaining a stinger enclosure. Down the beach is the large Mirage Resort which provides three beach access tracks. Further access tracks are available through the residential development along the southern half of the beach, including one at the sailing club.

Swimming

Generally better at high tide, when it's deeper and not such a long walk to the water. Rips are rare, except during strong Trade winds and accompanying waves. During the stinger season a net enclosure is located in front of the surf lifesaving club.

Surfing

Usually low, short waves, with the beach more popular for wind surfing, particularly when the Trades are blowing.

Fishing

It is flat off the beach and most fishers use the northern headland, the town jetties or head offshore in a boat.

General

A popular tourist destination and well worth a visit. There is plenty of space and the added safety of a patrolled beach and stinger enclosure. A beach accessible wheelchair is available for use on Four Mile Beach from Macrossan House, 19 Macrossan St Port Douglas. Please contact Trevor and Phillipa at Macrossan House for Beach Chair usage. They are more than happy to deliver the chair to your hotel for you. You will need to sign the indemnity form that comes with the chair. Phone: 07 4099 4366

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Patrolled Patrolled Today Change Day

Four Mile Beach (Lifeguards)

Mon

10/12

Tue

11/12

Wed

12/12

Thu

13/12

Fri

14/12

Sat

15/12

Sun

16/12

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

09:00 - 18:00

06:00 - 18:00

06:00 - 18:00

Port Douglas SLSC

Information

About

Port Douglas, QLD 4877

Length:
0km

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

Beach Key:
 qld0697

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • Long beach
    Long beach

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Cafe
  • Public phone
  • Kiosk
  • Playground
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Natural shade
  • Toilets
  • Lookout
  • BBQ
  • Picnic
  • Showers
  • Mobile Phone Coverage

Weather

Monday 10, Dec 6:50 am

Day 28°    Night 23°
26.1°C
Rain at times. Storm likely

Water Temperature  28°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds tending east to northeasterly 15 to 25 knots early in the morning.
Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 2 metres outside the reef.
Seas: 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

11 am
2.42m
3 am
0.77m
9 pm
1.66m
5 pm
1.46m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 4:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 11, Dec

Day 32°    Night 24°
Shower or two. Possible storm

Swell


Wind


Wind: East to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots decreasing to about 10 knots before dawn.
Swell: Southeasterly 1 to 2 metres outside the reef, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Seas: Around 1 metre.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide

11 am
2.29m
4 am
0.93m
10 pm
1.53m
8 pm
1.51m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 4:20 pm


Weather

Mon 10, Dec to Mon 17, Dec


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly below 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly during the day.
Swell: East to southeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: Below 0.5 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm.

Tide


UV

Mon 10th 16 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 4:20 pm
Tue 11th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 4:20 pm
Wed 12th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 4:20 pm
Thu 13th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 4:20 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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