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Etty Bay, Innisfail
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Etty Bay is a bay of the Pacific Ocean and a 700m long beach in the far north of the Australian state of Queensland. The beach is 15km by road from the township of Innisfail, 20 minutes drive from Paronella Park and 7km from the Bruce Highway. The final kilometre of the route is a scenic drive climbing 100m over the Moresby Range before descending into a picturesque bay. The Bay has a Surf Lifesaving Club and a small caravan park.BeachThe beach is a popular recreational area for surfing, swimming, sailing, boating and fishing. Etty Bay is known as one of North Queensland's most scenic beaches. The caravan park is on the beachfront and serves meals. The bay has sufficient amenities for day visitors. There are shaded picnic spots with electric BBQs on and near the beach. The Etty Bay beach is enclosed by rainforest that has a wide variety of wildlife and is a suited to bushwalking.The beach is backed by a narrow tree shaded reserve, then to a steep forested slope rising up to 250m behind the beach. The Surf Lifesaving Club, shop and toilets sit behind the middle of the beach. The beach is fine grain white sand. At high tide it is less than 50m wide and at low tide over 100m is exposed. Waves average 0.5m and spill across a shallow bar. There are rocks on either end of the beach. A stinger net is located in front of the Surf Lifesaving Club.WildlifeEtty Bay is known as the bay where you can see the endangered cassowary walking on the beach. The southern cassowary and chicks frequent the beach, wet tropic rainforest and caravan park. They are Australia's largest flightless bird and can be dangerous. Saltwater crocodiles are sometimes seen in the waters near the bay. Monitor lizards are also sometimes seen.
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  • A beautiful beach but more interesting for those looking for cassowaries, hard to find in most places but saw a family here - a beutiful bird with wonderful colours. 
  • This stop isn't on the main road, but it's beautiful drive out. Walk the beach and grab a coffee, you may even be lucky enough to be introduced to the local cassowary family. 
  • This cute beach is like a hidden gem. It is like a rainforest meeting the beach. The caravan park is handy as it is off the beaten track. The enclosed swimming beach was both safe and refreshing. We s...  more »