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Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

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Auckland Region...
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Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Perhaps a slightly different (well, more specific) question: is there a beach in Cairns / NQ area that has a sand sea floor (i.e., no coral) for safe swimming (not snorkelling) in warm, calm (no waves) water without any nasties in it? Time: either second half of July or first half of September.

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Manchester, United...
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1. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Ah sorry just answered your question in the other post.

Daintree, Australia
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2. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Firstly there are no beaches in Cairns itself - only mudflats - but it has a lovely man-made lagoon on the Esplanade with, yes, some sand and of course very safe, warm, shallow swimming with no 'nasties'!

There are beaches further north - ie Palm Cove, Port Douglas, Cape Tribulation - and at that time of year there are no stingers or jellyfish so all very safe. In fact as they are all inside the Great Barrier Reef there is virtually no surf anywhere - the main problem is that the water is so shallow (and warm) that you have to walk out a long way before the water is more than knee-deep!

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3. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

And the crocodiles are friendly. :)

Sydney
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4. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Stop that, Luigi...

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You know hardly anyone has been eaten by crocs....this week! ;)

Auckland Region...
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5. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

So, the crocodiles have had a week off - what a pity we missed it :-)

On a serious note, from the feedback I am getting from those in the know, it appears that there's no good location for a beach / swim (no snorkel) holiday in NQ area!? I know that there's the rainforest and the reef, but is there really no place where the sea has a sandy (no coral) floor, where the water is clean,calm and warm (and not too shallow) for safe recreational swimming?

Edited: 8:40 pm, May 17, 2013
Sydney, Australia
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6. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Lizard has a lovely sandy beach, but I'm guessing a) too expensive and b) you have kids.

Palm Cove can be deep enough to swim, depending on the tide. Winds determine the clarity.

Manchester, United...
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Yes I told you in the other thread that you posted in. The southern end of Ellis beach, also referred to as Buchans point, has exactly what you are looking for.

Melbourne, Australia
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8. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Apart from Cairns it's self most beaches to the north are sand. But as posted you have to go out a long way ti swim. Though having said that you would be looking for a north facing beach, rare! Buchans point just nth of Palm cove as mentioned but an un offical nude beach. Palm cove north all the beaches are sandy but if you are the inly one on a long stretch of beach in these waters well? Swim with a friend is a must. Trinty beach at the southern end is what you want or Taylor point and for this last name , please don't flame me. Even a lot of the locals din't know this one. Within a 15 minute drive or a public bus trip you can have a great sandy beach now a coral beach any where in the region that would be rare. From Buchana point and the Sapparo has just run out!

Melbourne, Australia
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9. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Apart from Cairns it's self most beaches to the north are sand. But as posted you have to go out a long way ti swim. Though having said that you would be looking for a north facing beach, rare! Buchans point just nth of Palm cove as mentioned but an un offical nude beach. Palm cove north all the beaches are sandy but if you are the inly one on a long stretch of beach in these waters well? Swim with a friend is a must. Trinty beach at the southern end is what you want or Taylor point and for this last name , please don't flame me. Even a lot of the locals din't know this one. Within a 15 minute drive or a public bus trip you can have a great sandy beach now a coral beach any where in the region that would be rare. From Buchana point and the Sapparo has just run out!

Having just read all the posts relating to this and having a few laughs especially about the big waves and rips at Cairns!!! Hello you are inside the Great Barrier Reef if it' above 50cm it's a cyclone.

You want Trinity beach southern most end and if your budget can afford it stay at Seachange. Now with the information in this and other posts

Have a shoot at using Google Earth. Oh and it' pure bliss here at the moment.

Auckland Region...
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10. Re: Sandy floor, calm and warm sea for safe swimming

Thanks. But why swimming with a friend is a must you say?

Edited: 5:24 am, May 18, 2013
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