Chunda Bay - Beach in Mount Elliot Townsville QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Chunda Bay 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.Chunda Bay lies tucked in behind Cape Ferguson and although east facing, is somewhat protected by the cape and extensive tidal flats. The bay’s beach (879) is 1.6 km long with small tidal creeks entering the bay at either end. The high tide beach is narrow and eroding, with numerous casuarina trees falling onto the beach. It is fronted by 300 to 400 m wide, sandy tidal flats that are exposed at low tide and dissected by the two tidal creek channels.

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

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Information

About

Mount Elliot, QLD 4816

Length:
1.6km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
1/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld0879

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Hazards

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

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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