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.Big Beach (881) is the biggest of the four at 7.2 km long. It faces north-east and runs from Salmon Creek to the wide mouth of the Haughton River. There is a road out to the houses and shacks at the southern end. The beach is backed by a low, casuarina-covered foredune and fronted by a wide, intertidal beach and 100 m wide surf zone, indicative of the overall low gradients.
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.
Only low, spilling breakers on Salmon Creek and Big Beaches, that are best at mid to low tide.
The creeks and rivers are the most popular spots, usually fished from a boat at high tide.
Four relatively isolated beaches with good access to Big Beach and Cungulla, but no facilities.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: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0881