The first thing you notice about beautiful Kurrimine Beach is all the old tractors – every home seems to have one. They are needed to launch boats from the tidal boat ramp at the northern end of the beach.
The quiet, long beach alongside King Reef is the main attraction and it’s here you can see manta rays trawling the beach shallows and turtles coming in to nest. There is a stinger net, children’s playground and picnic barbecue facilities at Taifalos Park. Absolute beachfront camping is available or choose from a resort, award-winning caravan parks, motel and holiday rentals. In the area, there is a winery, beachfront hotel, cafes, a fish and chip shop, post office and a service station with limited groceries.
Kurrimine is a favourite fishing spot where anglers have a choice of beach, estuary or reef fishing. Abundant species of fish and the famous painted crayfish are just waiting a couple of hundred metres offshore. There’s an all tide boat ramp close by at Maria Creek. This community has the largest fishing club in Queensland and holds a fishing competition each September that attracts more than 700 participants.
The Barnard Island Group National Park is close by and comprises seven islands Bresnahan, Hutchinson, Jessie, Kent and Lindquist (North Barnard islands) and Sisters and Stephens (South Barnard islands). Snorkel straight from the small sandy beaches over beautiful coral to see colourful fish, turtles and maybe a dugong. This area is a green zone so no fishing is allowed.
Kurrimine Beach is just half an hour from the towns of Innisfail, Tully and Mission Beach and is in a rain shadow area receiving much less rain than surrounding areas.
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King Reef is the largest fringing reef on the Great Barrier Reef. and is heritage listed. King Reef features hundreds of examples of all three coral types - hard, soft and flowering. The warm shallow waters are home to a myriad of marine life including tropical reef fish, the world-famous painted crays, manta rays, and giant clams. The beach is a rare nesting ground for turtles and you will see many different species of turtle around this area.
On our winter low tides, King Reef is exposed and it is possible to walk out to explore this fascinating reef.
2021 Walk to the Reef Dates:
May - 25th & 26th
June - 23rd, 24th & 25th
July - 22nd, 23rd & 24th
August - 21st & 22nd
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