Port Douglas beach not on top patrol list
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.