Emu Park is a small holiday town that has long been a popular tourist destination. Traditionally holidaymakers have come from Rockhampton and surrounding country towns and even today this is still much the case, with the addition of travelling tourists and backpackers. The town is located in sheltered side of low Emu Point, with attractive beaches either side. The two main surfing beaches immediately south of Emu Point were called Ladies and Mens Beaches. The small Ladies Beach still goes by that name, while Mens is better known today as Emu Park and is the site of the surf lifesaving club. The main surfing beach is Emu Park beach (1377), located on the south side of the point. It is 1.2 km long and faces due east, with low Rocky Point forming the southern boundary and a rock outcrop on the centre of the beach. Although the northern half is called Mens Beach, south of the rocks is also known as Shellys Beach. A lifesaving reel was placed on the beach in 1917 and the Emu Park Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1925. The modern club house is located at the northern end of the beach and is fronted by a seawall. It is surrounded by an extensive grassy foreshore reserve and parking areas. The reserve runs the full length of the beach, with houses set well back from the shore. The beach receives waves averaging 0.5 to 1 m, which break across a wide, low gradient beach. At high tide the beach is 50 m wide, extending to over 200 m wide at low tide. There are low, rocky points at either end, together with the low intertidal rocks in the centre of the beach.
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.