Horseshoe Bay

Patrolled Unpatrolled Today

Horseshoe Bay is the most popular of Bowen’s 12 beaches. It is a picturesque little beach, lying out on the north-east tip of Cape Edgecumbe, 4 km from the town centre. The whole cape is composed of rounded granite rocks and boulders, including the famous landmark Mother Beddock, a large,... Read more

Horseshoe Bay is the most popular of Bowen’s 12 beaches. It is a picturesque little beach, lying out on the north-east tip of Cape Edgecumbe, 4 km from the town centre. The whole cape is composed of rounded granite rocks and boulders, including the famous landmark Mother Beddock, a large, round boulder perched seemingly precariously 100 m above Kings Beach. Horseshoe Bay beach (955) is just 150 m in length, faces north-east and is bordered by large, rounded granite boulder-headlands. The road runs right to the back of the beach where there is a car park, kiosk, an amenities block and a shady picnic area, with two small resorts tucked in behind. The beach receives low waves, usually less than 0.5 m, which combine with the medium to coarse granitic sand to build a steep beach at high tide, with a narrow, shallow bar exposed at low tide. Surf, currents and rips are rare, requiring waves greater than 0.5 m to form.

Swimming

A relatively safe beach under normal low wave conditions; just use care if swimming or snorkelling around the rocks.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

A popular spot to fish off the rocks or beach, particularly at high tide. There is a boat ramp in adjoining Greys Bay.

General

One of the nicest beaches on the coast, very popular with locals and tourists.

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Beach Patrols Change Day

Bowen SLSC

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Horseshoe Bay - Bowen (Lifeguards)

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TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
28°C
Water
29°C
UV Rating
13 / 11

Hazards

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

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Camping
Drinking water
Toilets Block M/F
Wednesday, 8 Dec 8:39

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.


Queens Beach, QLD 4805
Length: 0.15km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qld0955
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Beach at capacity
Restrictions apply
No access to beach
Beach nearing capacity
Access may be restricted
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