The Johnstone River, one of the larger in north Queensland, enters the sea at Gladys Inlet. It has a 300 m wide entrance and tidal shoals extending up to 1 km seaward of the inlet. There are three beaches associated with the river mouth - Flying Fish Point to the... Read more
The Johnstone River, one of the larger in north Queensland, enters the sea at Gladys Inlet. It has a 300 m wide entrance and tidal shoals extending up to 1 km seaward of the inlet. There are three beaches associated with the river mouth - Flying Fish Point to the north, Coconut Bay Beach in the mouth, and Conquette Point Beach forming the southern entrance.The town of Innisfail is located 5 km west of the river mouth. A road runs out from Innisfail along the north side of the river, past the back of Coconut Bay to Flying Fish Point. On the south side, the Conquette Point Road runs along the southern side of the river to within 400 m of the beach.Flying Fish Point Beach (765) is 3 km long, extending straight south from Heath Point to Flying Fish Point; a small, rocky headland that forms the river's northern head. There is a small settlement behind the southern end of the beach, including a store and limited facilities. The beach is relatively steep at high tide, while at low tide the Johnstone River tidal shoals extend several hundred metres off the beach. Changes in the width of the beach, caused by the river fluctuations, have resulted in wooden groynes being built across the beach, which have succeeded in producing an ugly beach, if nothing else.
You can only swim on these beaches at mid to high tide because of the extensive tidal shoals and flats. Be careful at Coconut Bay and near the river mouth, as strong tidal currents persist and crocodiles may be about.
Usually none, apart from spilling waves over the tidal shoals during strong Trades.
Everyone heads for the river mouth, which can be fished from all three beaches and in boats, with a boat ramp at Flying Fish Point.
Three low energy but dynamic beaches, owing to their location next to the Johnstone River. Its floods and sediments play a major role in the nature and stability of these beaches.Read less
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.