Port Dou­glas beach not on top pa­trol list

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Mark Mur­ray

PORT Dou­glas has been over­looked as one of the state’s best pa­trolled beaches for a third straight year.

Four Mile Beach was left off the Surf Life Sav­ing Queens­land’s an­nual top 10 best beaches list.

The fa­mous tourist draw has failed to men­tion since its sev­enth plac­ing in 2015.

“No doubt, many Queenslanders have their own favourite, based on per­sonal cri­te­ria,” SLSQ act­ing chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Craig Wil­liams said.

“De­ter­min­ing our top 10 is al­ways a tough job, but one that we en­joy due to the sheer num­ber of beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions along our coast­line,” he said.

Beaches on the Sun­shine Coast ranked the high­est among the state with Kings Beach, Mooloolaba Beach and Rain­bow Beach tak­ing out

three of the top five spots.

Gold Coast beaches were also well rep­re­sented with Burleigh, Rain­bow Bay, Talle­budgera Creek and Tu­gun all plac­ing within the top 10, but it was Cylin­der Beach on North Strad­broke Is­land that reigned supreme for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Of the over­all cri­te­ria safety was the pri­mary con­sid­er­a­tion.

“Safety is our core fo­cus as we aim for zero pre­ventable deaths in Queens­land pub­lic wa­ters,” Mr Wil­liams said.

“With that in mind, when de­ter­min­ing our top beaches we con­sider pa­trol times and ser­vices, in­ci­dent his­tory, coastal con­di­tions and the qual­ity of vis­i­tor in­for­ma­tion on dis­play. We also look at other fac­tors such as how user­friendly the beach is, in­clud­ing things such as ameni­ties, its lo­ca­tion, ac­cess to park­ing and pub­lic trans­port, nearby ser­vices and clean­li­ness.”

Mr Wil­liams said Queens­land’s beaches were iconic, at­tract­ing mil­lions of vis­i­tors every year.

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