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Between The Burrum River mouth and Point Vernon is 30 km of sandy shore interrupted by two creeks, resulting in three long beaches. The shore initially faces north-east, swinging around to face north by Point Vernon. At the same time, wave height decreases to less than 0.5 m and the surf zone bar widens to become 1 km wide sand flats. The main Burrum Heads beach (1517) faces north-east and has a gentle curve between the river mouth and southern Beelbi Creek mouth. Tidal shoals associated with the river and creek extend 2 to 3 km off each end of the beach and influence the majority of the beach. As a result, high tide waves are low, while low tide can reveal many hundreds of metres of sand flats. The land backing the beach consists of both Pleistocene and Holocene beach and foredune ridges up to 2 km wide, as well as tidal creeks and high tide flats, particularly toward the south. Apart from the access and settlement at Burrum Heads, most of the beach is undeveloped.
Beach Length: 9.5km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10

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