White Cliffs - Beach in River Heads Fraser Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

White Cliffs

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

White Cliffs refers to the scarped or cliffed white sand dunes on this section of the western side of the island. The beach (FR11) parallels the Great Sandy Strait and the cliffs are in fact scarped by movement in the deep tidal channel undermining the slopes, rather than waves. The... Read more

White Cliffs refers to the scarped or cliffed white sand dunes on this section of the western side of the island. The beach (FR11) parallels the Great Sandy Strait and the cliffs are in fact scarped by movement in the deep tidal channel undermining the slopes, rather than waves. The beach is 7 km long and faces west-north-west across to the mainland at Bingham. Calm wave conditions dominate, with the tidal currents providing most of the energy. The beach consists of a narrow strip of high tide sand, fronted by 100 to 200 m wide sand flats and backed by steep cliffed sand dunes up to 60 m high. A few small creeks and valleys breech the cliffs, with the older settlement of Balarragan, a former quarantine station, occupying one, the newer Kingfisher Bay resort another, and Dundonga Creek valley forming the northern boundary.The beach has been used as a quarantine station, while it now has the large Kingfisher Bay resort residing on the backing slopes.

Swimming

A usually calm and relatively safe beach, apart from the strong tidal currents off the sand flats.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

Good fishing off the beach at high tide and from the Balarragan and Kingfisher jetties.

General

A low energy, tide dominated beach on the western side of the island.

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Hazards

Irukandji
Irukandji
Bluebottles
Bluebottles

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Jetty
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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.


River Heads, QLD 4655
Includes beaches: Hook Point, Sandy Point, Moon Point, Coongul Creek, Triangle Cliff, Platypus Bay, Sandy Cape
Length: 7km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qldFR11