Lucinda is a small town and sugar port located on the southern entrance to the Hinchinbrook Channel. The town sits on a low, sandy barrier that has accumulated at the entrance to the channel. It is backed by 3 km of mangrove-covered tidal flats and fronted by intertidal sand flats up to 2.5 km wide. Because of the overall shallowness of the coastline, the Lucinda jetty extends 5.3 km out to sea to reach water deep enough for the sugar ships. The town is located 7 km north-east of Halifax and 25 km from Ingham. It has a small shopping centre, a caravan park and facilities for boating and fishing.
The sandy barrier upon which the town rests contains three beaches - two in the channel and one facing the sea. The channel beaches both face north across the channel to Hinchinbrook Island. Dungeness Beach (827) is 1.6 km long and consists of a narrow, sandy high tide beach fronted by 200 to 300 m wide low tide sand flats. There are a few houses toward the western end and a boat ramp. A small creek crosses the beach toward the eastern end. Lucinda Beach (828) fronts the north side of the town and extends for 700 m east from the base of the long sugar jetty. It is backed by a rough, rocky seawall and narrow high tide beach, which is fronted by intertidal sand flats that increase in width from 100 to 300 m to the east. The eastern tip becomes a sinuous sandy spit called Lucinda Point.
Beach Length: 1.6km
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