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 (north) Beach (760) runs for 2.8 km from Cooper Point to a small unnamed headland. Cooper Creek runs out across the northern end of the beach hard against the rocks of the point. The beach is backed by a low, 500 m wide sand barrier, then the swamp. There is no land access to the beach and no development. The beach is steep at high tide, with waves surging against the beach face, while at low tide a 50 m wide bar causes the waves to break off the beach.
Better at mid to high tide when the bar is covered.
Usually a low break across the bar at mid to low tide.
The beaches can be fished at high tide, as there are extensive shoals exposed at low tide at the accessible southern end.
Two relatively natural beaches in a tropical setting, with essentially no development but good access to the southern beach.Read less
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