Little Cove - Beach in Noosa Heads Sunshine Coast QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Little Cove QLD

Noosa Head is a 50 m high basalt headland located 2 km east of Noosa Beach. Between the beach and head is a 3 km long rocky shoreline backed by the steep slopes of the Noosa National Park, with a road, car park, then walking track out to the head.... Read more

Noosa Head is a 50 m high basalt headland located 2 km east of Noosa Beach. Between the beach and head is a 3 km long rocky shoreline backed by the steep slopes of the Noosa National Park, with a road, car park, then walking track out to the head. In along the base of the north facing slopes are four small pocket beaches.Little Cove (1533) is a 100 m long pocket of north-west facing sand lying just 100 m east of the main Noosa Beach, around small Johnson Point. It is backed by some beachfront houses between the road and the beach, then wooded slopes. Access is difficult, either around rocks at low tide or from the narrow road that clips the northern end of the beach. The beach is backed by a cobble high tide beach, then a veneer of sand which is awash at high tide, together with steps and a small creek in the centre. Waves average less than 0.5 m and rips are rare.

Swimming

These four beaches and their backing walking track are very popular with walkers, sunbakers and surfers, who walk out to ride the various breaks along this shore. In summer they are crowded with sunbakers and swimmers, while surfers fly by on the intervening point breaks.

Surfing

This section of coast provides Noosa with its world famous point breaks. There are five recognised breaks on each of the points; beginning out at Granite on the eastern side of Granite Bay, and again off Tea Tree Bay, Boiling Pot point, along the boulder shore paralleling the car park, called National Park, and finally off Johnson Point, called Jonhsons. A larger east to south swell is required to get all the points working, with length of ride also increasing with swell size.

Fishing

The rocky points also are a favourite spot for usually relatively safe rock fishing, however be careful out on Noosa Head, as the rocks are steeper and more exposed.

General

This section of shore, with its four small, pandana-lined beaches, five point surfing breaks and backing national park, is one of Australia's most scenic and most popular. It is a delightful spot, which accounts for the crowds that flock there year round.

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Information

About

Noosa Heads, QLD 4567

Length:
0.1km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
2/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld1533

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Bluebottles
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Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets

Weather

Sunday 22, Oct 6:16 am

Day 23°    Night 16°
13.6°C
Possible early shower

Water Temperature  23°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southerly 15 to 20 knots, reaching up to 25 knots offshore south of Maroochydore early in the morning. Winds turning southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the early afternoon.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 2 metres offshore. 2nd
Seas: 1.5 to 2 metres, decreasing to 1 to 1.5 metres around midday, then decreasing below 1 metre later in the evening. 1st
Weather: Mostly sunny. 50% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the early morning.

Tide

9 am
1.82m
2 am
0.33m
9 pm
1.51m
3 pm
0.54m

UV

Index: 11 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Monday 23, Oct

Day 25°    Night 16°
Shower or two. Possible storm

Swell


Wind


Wind: South to southeasterly below 10 knots tending southeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the morning.
Swell: Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the morning.
Seas: Below 1 metre, increasing to around 1 metre around midday.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Tide

9 am
1.78m
3 am
0.39m
9 pm
1.43m
4 pm
0.60m

UV

Index: 9 (Very High)

Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm


Weather

Sun 22, Oct to Sun 29, Oct


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly about 10 knots becoming north to northeasterly during the afternoon.
Swell: Easterly around 1 metre.
Seas: Below 1 metre.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 20% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Sun 22nd 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 2:50 pm
Mon 23rd 9 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Tue 24th 10 (Very High) Sun protection recommended from 7:50 am to 3:10 pm
Wed 25th 11 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 7:40 am to 3:10 pm

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.

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