Etty Bay - Beach in Etty Bay Cassowary Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Etty Bay

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Etty Bay is the surfing beach for the town of Innisfail. It is located 15 km by road from Innisfail and 7 km from the Bruce Highway, with the final kilometre climbing 100 m over the coastal Moresby Range before descending into the picturesque little bay. The bay is a... Read more

Etty Bay is the surfing beach for the town of Innisfail. It is located 15 km by road from Innisfail and 7 km from the Bruce Highway, with the final kilometre climbing 100 m over the coastal Moresby Range before descending into the picturesque little bay. The bay is a small indentation in the range, sufficiently large to contain the 700 m long, east facing beach, and with enough flat land for a road, the Etty Bay Surf Life Saving Club and a small caravan park, running into a narrow northern valley. This has long been a popular beach, with the surf lifesaving club founded in 1935. The beach is backed by a narrow, tree-shaded reserve, then steep, forested slopes rising up to 250 m behind the beach. The surf lifesaving club, a store and toilets sit behind the middle of the beach. The beach is composed of fine sand that produces a gently sloping beach. At high tide it is less than 50 m wide, however at low tide a shallow bar over 100 m wide is exposed. Waves average 0.5 m and spill across the shallow bar. There are rocks on the beach and in the surf at the southern end, with a small, rocky promontory crossing the northern end that divides the beach at high tide. The stinger net is located in front of the surf lifesaving club.

Swimming

This is a relatively safe beach, with a usually shallow surf zone. Strong south-easterlies build bigger waves which both widen the surf zone and produce rips, particularly against the northern rocks. So it is best to stay in the centre of the beach, in the stinger net area.

Surfing

Low waves spill across the surf zone, with higher waves accompanying strong south-easterlies.

Fishing

Owing to the low beach slope, it is best to fish at high tide, and from the rocks at each end.

General

One of the more attractive beaches on the Queensland coast, with sufficient amenities for day visitors, plus the caravan park for travellers.

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Etty Bay SLSC

Etty Bay (Lifeguards)

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
28°C
Water
30°C
UV Rating
15 / 11

Hazards

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

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Formal parking area
Camping
Toilets
Caravan park
Drinking water
Tuesday, 11 Feb 11:53

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.


Etty Bay, QLD 4858
Length: 0.7km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0768