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Seventy Five Mile beach (FR8) is the longest beach on the island and in Queensland and amongst the longest in Australia. The beach is a very popular destination of campers, fishers, surfers and tourists who arrive by their thousands in all manner of 4WD vehicles (Fig. 4.100). Some are daytrippers while many stay and camp along the beach. In addition, there are beachfront resorts at Cathedral Beach, Happy Valley and Eurong. The entire beach faces east-south-east, exposing it to the prevailing southerly waves and winds, with only the southern Five Mile Beach swinging around to face more easterly, as waves decrease in lee of the extensive tidal shoals off Wide Bay harbour, the southern boundary of the island. The waves and fine sand combine to maintain a low gradient beach fronted by a double bar system. Rips approximately every 200 m dominate the inner bar, with usually over 400 rips along the beach.
Beach Length: 89km
General Hazard Rating: 7/10

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