Salmon Creek - Beach in Cape Cleveland Townsville QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Salmon Creek QLD

South of Cape Ferguson is 15 km of sandy shore, ending at the 1 km wide mouth of the Haughton River. The beaches all face east, turning slightly north-east toward the river. A 10 km long road from the highway at Clevedon runs out to the southern end of Big... Read more

South of Cape Ferguson is 15 km of sandy shore, ending at the 1 km wide mouth of the Haughton River. The beaches all face east, turning slightly north-east toward the river. A 10 km long road from the highway at Clevedon runs out to the southern end of Big Beach and Cungulla, both of which have scores of shacks and holiday houses.Salmon Creek Beach (880) is a 5 km long, east-south-east facing beach that is bordered by an unnamed northern creek and Salmon Creek to the south. Both Salmon Creek Beach and adjoining Big Beach are backed by up to 6 km of 60 low beach ridges, evidence of shoreline progradation over the past 6 000 years. The beach is composed of fine sand and consists of a 200 m wide, low gradient intertidal beach fronted by a low surf zone up to 100 m wide. A 5 m high foredune covered by spinifex, ipomoea and casuarina backs the beach.

Swimming

Swimming is best at mid to high tide when there is some depth in the water, otherwise it can be a long way to very shallow water at low tide. Rips are usually absent, unless strong Trades produce waves greater than 0.5 m. Be careful near the creek and river mouths, where there are strong tidal currents.

Surfing

Only low, spilling breakers on Salmon Creek and Big Beaches, that are best at mid to low tide.

Fishing

The creeks and rivers are the most popular spots, usually fished from a boat at high tide.

General

Four relatively isolated beaches with good access to Big Beach and Cungulla, but no facilities.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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.

Information

About

Cape Cleveland, QLD 4810

Length:
5km

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

Beach Key:
 qld0880

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area

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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