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

Weather

Tuesday 16, Oct 3:57 am

Day 30°    Night 20°
26.6°C
Partly cloudy

Water Temperature  26°C


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots. Inshore northeasterly sea breezes in the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: breezes in the afternoon and evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

4 am
1.61m
9 am
1.38m
5 pm
2.37m

UV

Index: 12 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:50 pm


Weather

Wednesday 17, Oct

Day 30°    Night 19°
Mostly sunny

Wind


Wind: Variable about 10 knots. Inshore northeasterly sea breezes in the afternoon and evening.
Swell: East to southeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: breezes in the afternoon and evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny.

Tide

5 am
1.77m
12 am
1.20m
5 pm
2.46m

UV

Index: 13 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:50 pm


Weather

Tue 16, Oct to Tue 23, Oct


Wind


Wind: Easterly about 10 knots. Inshore northeasterly sea breezes in the afternoon and evening.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre outside the reef.
Seas: breezes in the afternoon and evening.
Weather: Mostly sunny day. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.

Tide


UV

Tue 16th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:50 pm
Wed 17th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:50 pm
Thu 18th 13 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 am to 3:50 pm
Fri 19th 12 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:10 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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