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The eastern shore of Cleveland Bay consists of a 7 km long, rocky and sandy shore that ends at Cape Cleveland. Both the cape and the bay were named by Captain Cook in June 1770. Townsville lies 20 km across the bay on its western shore, with mangroves occupying much of the southern shore in between. The mangroves finally end at the eastern extremity of Launs Beach, where the shore also turns to a more northerly direction. For the first three kilometres north from Launs Beach, the shore alternates between six small, generally undeveloped, sandy beaches and the granitic rocks of Mount Cleveland; located 3 km to the east and reaching a height of 560 m. Launs Beach (866) is a 50 m pocket of sand at the far eastern end of a 1 km long, mangrove-fringed beach ridge. The mangroves may have been cleared for access. The eastern end of the beach abuts rocky slopes, and the hills behind provide a dramatic backdrop. Tidal flats extend up to 1.5 km off this very low energy, protected beach.
Beach Length: 0.05km
General Hazard Rating: 1/11

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