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... Read more
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.
The main beaches offer relatively safe swimming at high tide, with sand flats at low tide. However be careful at the river and creek mouths, as there are strong tidal currents and deep water, particularly at Burrum Heads.
Low wave conditions usually prevail.
The river mouth and tidal shoals and channels are the most popular locations.
Three long, low energy and little-developed beaches, providing relatively safe high tide swimming, or a walk over the tidal flats at low tide.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: qld1517