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Cape Hillsborough is bordered by Smalleys beach to the west, steep rocky shores to the north and small Beachcomber Cove beach in the east. The only formal access to the cove is via a ridge-top walking track from the ranger's office, or at low tide along the beach from Cape Hillsborough beach. Beachcomber Cove beach (1095) is 300 m long and is backed by steeply rising, densely vegetated slopes, with Cascade Creek running down the slopes to cross the northern end of the beach. In the summer wet season there is so much water running down onto the beach that you can swim in fresh water in the surf. The beach has a cobble high tide ridge fronted by the 200 m wide intertidal beach composed of fine, grey sand. The actual Cape Hillsborough extends 500 m north of the northern end of the beach, while low rocks separate it at high tide from the adjoining main cape beach.
Beach Length: 0.38km
General Hazard Rating: 1/10

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There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Safety section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.




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