- 28 Jan
1 Bulcock Beach
Caloundra 4551, QLD
Bulcock Beach and adjoining Deepwater Point form the highly variable northern bank of the large mouth of Pumicestone Channel, a 30 km long tidal channel that runs the length of Bribie Island to connect with Moreton Bay. Consequently, strong tidal currents run in and out of the entrance (Fig. 3.1c). The point is actually a low, partly vegetated sand spit (1555) that begins on the southern side of the Kings Beach groyne and can grow up to 1 km in length. The Esplanade runs along the base of the spit, providing good access to the ocean and channel sides. The spit faces east and, besides receiving waves averaging 1 m, is daily impacted by the strong tidal currents and shifting channels. The end result is a highly variable beach and surf zone, cut by both wave generated rip currents and tide generated tidal channels and currents.
Be very careful if swimming off the point, as it usually has very strong tidal currents, as well as rip currents, together with the deep Pumicestone Channel.