Ella Bay - Beach in Wanjuru Cassowary Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Ella Bay QLD

Ella Bay is an open, 9 km long, east facing bay, lying between Cooper and Heath Points. The bay is backed by an amphitheatre of ranges rising 300 to 400 m, with the former valley largely filled with sediments of the extensive Ella Swamp and the two Ella Bay beaches.... Read more

Ella Bay is an open, 9 km long, east facing bay, lying between Cooper and Heath Points. The bay is backed by an amphitheatre of ranges rising 300 to 400 m, with the former valley largely filled with sediments of the extensive Ella Swamp and the two Ella Bay beaches. The sediments have been derived from the large Johnstone River a few kilometres to the south, with the sands and mud driven northward and into the bay by waves and strong tidal currents. Ella Bay National Park backs the northern and southern ends of the bay and encompasses much of the densely vegetated lowland and eastern slopes of the backing Seymour Range.Ella Bay Beach (761) runs from the small headland down to the protected lee of Heath Point. It is 4.8 km long and similar to the north beach, only with a narrow strip of sand separating it from the swamp. A small creek occasionally drains across the centre of the beach. There is a gravel road around Heath Point to the southern end, where there is a car park and camping area. The high tide beach is steep, while the low tide bar and shoals increase in width toward Heath Point.

Swimming

Better at mid to high tide when the bar is covered.

Surfing

Usually a low break across the bar at mid to low tide.

Fishing

The beaches can be fished at high tide, as there are extensive shoals exposed at low tide at the accessible southern end.

General

Two relatively natural beaches in a tropical setting, with essentially no development but good access to the southern beach.

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Information

About

Wanjuru, QLD 4860

Length:
4.8km

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

Beach Key:
 qld0761

Nearby beaches

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

Marine Warnings

Mon, 10 Dec 00:31
Marine Wind Warning Summary for Queensland

Weather

Monday 10, Dec 2:45 am

Day 27°    Night 22°
23.5°C
Possible storm, heavy falls

Water Temperature  27°C


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

10 am
2.57m
3 am
0.88m
10 pm
1.81m
5 pm
1.58m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 4:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Tuesday 11, Dec

Day 30°    Night 23°
Showers. Possible storm

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
2.45m
4 am
1.04m
10 pm
1.67m
7 pm
1.62m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

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


Weather

Mon 10, Dec to Mon 17, Dec


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 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 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 7:50 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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