Accident Ck (N 1)
Coral Bay (6)
Beach Q 35 extends from the north side of Accident Creek at Fitzmaurice Point north for 3.7 km to a small tidal creek. The beach is part of a ‘drumstick’ barrier that has prograded south to the creek mouth as a series of more than 15 recurved spits. Beach Q 36 commences on the north side of the small creek and trends north for 4.6 km, finally grading into mangroves on the open shore in lee of the extensive tidal shoals of the Smithburne River. It is a narrow barrier also composed of south-trending recurved spits. Both beaches are fronted by 200 m wide sand flats, then low tide mud flats. They are backed by salt flats and inner Holocene and Pleistocene barriers extending more than 10 km inland.
Agnes Water used to be a relatively remote beach located 70 km north of Bundaberg and 60 km off the Bruce Highway. Furthermore, most of the road was only sealed in the mid 1990's. It really only began opening up in the 1990's, many comparing it to Noosa Heads before the boom. The Agnes Water Surf Life Saving Club, reflecting its 'newness', was established in 1989 at the southern end of the beach (Fig. 4.86) and was moved to its present location 2 km further up the beach in 1998. Today the small settlement boasts a small shopping area, new tavern and motel, together with a few caravan parks and a growing number of houses. The name comes from the schooner "Agnes" which, in 1873, disappeared in heavy weather after taking shelter in Pancake Creek.The main beach is 5.5 km long, running from Round Hill in the north down to Agnes Water. The beach is relatively straight and faces east-north-east. It is famous amongst surfers as being the most northerly beach on the east coast to regularly receive Tasman Sea swell which, when it arrives, provides some excellent surf. Most of the beach is backed by a low dune and natural vegetation. At the southern Agnes Water end there is an extensive foreshore reserve, including a camping reserve.The beach usually receives waves averaging about 1 m, which combine with the medium sand to build a moderately steep high tide beach (Fig. 2.9a), with a continuous bar exposed at low tide (Fig. 4.87). During and following higher swell, up to 30 rip channels are cut across the lower section of the bar and an outer bar forms along the central and northern sections of the beach. The rip channels will persist for some weeks during lower wave conditions.
On the western side of the bay are two 100 m long strips of narrow high tide sand (NT 258 & NT 259), each bounded by small bedrock protrusions and backed by wooded slopes, with rock and tidal flats off each beach.