Alexandria Bay - Beach in Thornton Beach Cairns QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Alexandria Bay QLD

Alexandria Bay is an open bay lying between the northern Table Mountain and the southern Bale Hill. A 3 km long beach fronts a 2 km wide swamp that partially fills the bay. The beach faces east and is bordered by Cooper Creek in the north and McKenzie Creek to... Read more

Alexandria Bay is an open bay lying between the northern Table Mountain and the southern Bale Hill. A 3 km long beach fronts a 2 km wide swamp that partially fills the bay. The beach faces east and is bordered by Cooper Creek in the north and McKenzie Creek to the south. The creeks and backing swamp prohibit vehicle access, with boat being the best form of access. The beach receives moderate waves and usually has a narrow high tide beach fronted by a 200 m wide shallow bar, across which the waves break at low tide. The beach has been experiencing some erosion, which is undercutting and exposing the tall melaleuca trees that back the beach. The beach also widens toward each of the inlets.

Swimming

This is a relatively safe beach with low waves and a shallow, gently sloping bar. However stay clear of the inlets owing to crocodiles.

Surfing

There is moderate surf during good Trade Wind conditions that breaks across the shallow bar.

Fishing

Best in the two inlets and creeks.

General

An isolated beach offering good fishing, a quiet swim and possibly a surf.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Thornton Beach, QLD 4873

Length:
3km

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

Beach Key:
 qld0681

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Weather

Tuesday 24, Oct 3:09 pm

Day 31°    Night 22°
30.3°C
Mostly sunny

Water Temperature  26°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 10 to 15knots increasing to 15 to 20 knots in the afternoon.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres outside the reef during the afternoon.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower south of Cooktown in the early morning. Near zero chance of rain elsewhere.

Tide

4 am
0.83m
12 pm
1.65m

UV

Index: 14 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:50 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Wednesday 25, Oct

Day 30°    Night 21°
Mostly sunny

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres north of Cooktown.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower south of Cooktown, near zero chance elsewhere.

Tide

3 am
0.90m
3 pm
1.66m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:50 pm


Weather

Tue 24, Oct to Tue 31, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres north of Cooktown.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide


UV

Tue 24th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:40 pm
Wed 25th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:50 pm
Thu 26th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:50 pm
Fri 27th 14 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:50 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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