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Flagstaff Hill is a 60 m high, grassy hillock that signals the entrance to Port Denison, the port of Bowen. A gravel road leads to the crest of the hill and to a small settlement on the tip of the point. Around the base of the hill is a low, rocky shore together with a narrow, sandy beach (960) on its north-east side. The beach consists of a sandy high tide strip, however at low tide it is essentially a rock flat. The port of Bowen lies inside the point and consists of a large boat marina and a 600 m long jetty. Backing the jetty is the town of Bowen, with a narrow high tide beach (961) at the foot of Quay Street. This beach has been somewhat modified by the marina, jetty and foreshore development. Today the beach is approximately 1.3 km long, faces east and is dissected by the marina, the jetty and a boat ramp, as well as two outcrops of rock, together with a backing seawall and a small creek at its southern end. At low tide, 400 m wide ridged sand flats are exposed (Fig. 4.45).
Beach Length: 1.2km
General Hazard Rating: 1/11

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