Gatcombe Head

Unpatrolled Unpatrolled

Gatcombe Head is the southernmost point of the island. It is a grassy, sloping, 20 m high headland, with beaches to either side and the small settlement of Gatcombe, containing several houses and shacks. On the eastern side of the head is a 50 m pocket of high tide sand... Read more

Gatcombe Head is the southernmost point of the island. It is a grassy, sloping, 20 m high headland, with beaches to either side and the small settlement of Gatcombe, containing several houses and shacks. On the eastern side of the head is a 50 m pocket of high tide sand (F11) which faces almost due south. It is backed by the grassy bluffs of the head and fronted by open water, with rocks and reefs to either side.

Swimming

These three beaches usually receive low waves and calms are common. However, if swimming off the beaches beware of strong tidal currents that run just off the head.

Surfing

Usually none.

Fishing

Excellent fishing from the rocks and jetty, as well as off the beach at high tide.

General

A small settlement with three small, accessible, sandy beaches and a ferry service to Gladstone.

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
27°C
Water
26°C
UV Rating
14 / 11

Hazards

Irukandji
Irukandji
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Chironex
Chironex
High Tide Range
High Tide Range
Saturday, 27 Nov 10:43

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Tannum Sands, QLD 4680
Includes beaches: Settlement Point (west1), Gatcombe (1), Gatcombe (2), Farmers Point, The Oaks, North Point (west)
Length: 0.05km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qldF11
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