Weather Forecast
1.46m
Tide
Happy Valley beach is located on the Esplanade Bulcock Beach adjacent to Bulcock beach in Caloundra. The area itself is very popular for tourist and day trippers to the beach. The beach provides a highly variable northern bank due to the large mouth of Pumicestone Channel which is a 30km long tidal channel that runs the length of Bribie Island. As a result of this strong tidal currents run in and out of the entrance. The point is a low section which has created a vegetated sand spit that can grow up to 1km in length. The spit faces east and, besides receiving waves averaging 1 m, is daily impacted by the strong tidal currents and shifting channels. The end result is a highly variable beach and surf zone, cut by both wave generated rip currents and tide generated tidal channels and currents. The site previously was only made up of rocks and a small amount of sand, however of the past three years sand has built up and remained in place creating a beach and an inland lagoon in the past. Due to reduced water flow at Bulcock Beach as a result of bar closing, the water here has started becoming stagnant and silty.
Beach Length: 0.375km
General Hazard Rating: 6/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

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Information

Park
Picnic
Showers
Toilets Block M/F
Playground

Regulations

Hazards

Drop off
Beach Rips
Rocks
Strong Currents
Slippery rocks
Deep water
Boat traffic

Weather

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.