Finch Bay is 2 km by road from downtown Cooktown, and with vehicle access and a small car park, it is Cooktown’s swimming beach. The beach is 500 m long and faces north-east. It is partly protected from the Trade winds by high, densely vegetated, granite headlands. Alligator Creek crosses... Read more
Finch Bay is 2 km by road from downtown Cooktown, and with vehicle access and a small car park, it is Cooktown’s swimming beach. The beach is 500 m long and faces north-east. It is partly protected from the Trade winds by high, densely vegetated, granite headlands. Alligator Creek crosses the centre of the beach, with its tidal channel tending to meander across the southern half of the beach. The car park is beside the creek, with a short walk to the beach. There is a narrow dry beach at high tide, fronted by sand flats up to 500 m wide at low tide. These are flat on the northern half of the beach, and cut by the tidal creek on the southern half. There is also a small climbing sand dune behind the northern end.
This is the most popular swimming beach in Cooktown, however be careful near the tidal creek and channel, as the water is deeper and contains strong tidal currents. It is best to only swim on the northern half.
Usually flat, with a low short wave when the Trades are strong.
A popular spot to fish into the creek on a rising tide, or off the rocks at high tide.
Cooktown’s favourite beach, even if it straddles Alligator Creek. It is the most accessible beach and offers some protection from the Trade winds.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0642