South of Dune Rocks are 1.5 km of rock-dominated shore that end at 40 km high Point Lookout. There are three beaches along this section; the longer Frenchmans Bay, backed by 50 to 70 m high bluffs, and two small, rock-bound beaches located in gorges in the cliff face.Frenchmans Bay... Read more
South of Dune Rocks are 1.5 km of rock-dominated shore that end at 40 km high Point Lookout. There are three beaches along this section; the longer Frenchmans Bay, backed by 50 to 70 m high bluffs, and two small, rock-bound beaches located in gorges in the cliff face.Frenchmans Bay beach (1585) faces due east, receiving a little protection from the prevailing south-east waves from Point Lookout, which protrudes 500 m toward the south-east. The beach is 500 m long and is backed by steep, densely vegetated bluffs rising to 70 m, along the crest of which is the main road to the point and main beach. Access to the beach is either around Dune Rocks from Deadmans Beach, or down steep walking tracks from the main road. The beach receives waves averaging between 1 and 1.5 m, which maintain an inner bar usually cut by two rips, including a permanent rip against Dune Rocks. At Dune Rocks, sand blows off the beach and across the point to the back of Deadmans Beach.
These are two hazardous beaches, suitable for sunbathing, but be very cautious if swimming off the beaches as both are rip-dominated, with the Gorge particularly hazardous.
Frenchmans Bay can have good beach breaks over the bars when southerlies are blowing offshore.
Both are popular fishing locations owing to the rips and rocks at Frenchmans, and the rather hazardous rock platforms at the Gorge. Rock fishers should use care at both locations.
Two exposed and very different beaches connected by a scenic walkway around the point.Read less
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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.
General Hazard Rating: 5/10 (Moderately hazardous)
Beach Key: qld1585