Beaches of the Queensland Coast

Cooktown to Coolangatta

Andrew D. Short

Regular price $59.95 Sale

Format: paperback
Edition: First published in 2000 by Sydney University Press
372 pages
ISBN: 9780958650410

Publication: 01 Dec 2005

Publisher: Sydney University Press

Beaches of the Queensland Coast provides the first description of all Queensland's ocean beaches between Cooktown and Coolangatta, including beaches on 18 islands and in several large bays. It is based on the results of the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program, a nationwide assessment of Australian beach systems.

This book has two aims. First, to provide the public with general information on the origin and nature of Queensland’s beaches, including the contribution of geology, oceanography, climate and biota to the beaches, and information on beach hazards and safety. Second, to provide a description of each beach, including its name(s), location, access, facilities, dimensions and the character of the beach and surf zone.

The book comments on the suitability of the beach for bathing, surfing and fishing, with special emphasis on the natural hazards. Based on the physical hazards, all beaches are rated in terms of public safety and scaled from 1 (least hazardous) to 10 (most hazardous).

Andrew Short is director of the Coastal Studies Unit at the University of Sydney.


  1. The Queensland coast
  2. Beach systems
  3. Queensland beaches and hazards
  4. Queensland beaches

Beach index
General index
Surf index

‘The seven books in the series sponsored by the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program (ABSMP) constitute the single most comprehensive beach database in the world ... It is rare to find a treasure of scientific and technical information that is available and comprehensible to scientists and lay persons alike ... It is thus without reservation that I recommend all books in the Beaches of Australia series'
Charles W. Finkl   Journal of Coastal Research

Format: paperback
Size: 297 × 210 × 19 mm
372 pages
127 b&w illustrations, 140 colour illustrations, and 30 b&w tables
ISBN: 9780958650410
Publication: 01 Dec 2005