The Beach Guide

Cossies Beach

The Cocos (Keeling) Islands are a remote goup of 27 tiny islands located nearly 1000km off the coast of Western Australia in the Indian Ocean. Made up of two coral atolls the islands are known for their white­-sand beaches, palm trees and lagoons. They are in essence the very picture of paradise.

Of all the beaches on the Cocos Keeling Islands it is said that “Cossies” beach is the lovliest of them all. Situated on the diminutive, banana-shaped Direction Island, the 300 metre long beach faces into the calm, clear waters of the lagoon which is central to the island group. It ticks all the boxes for tropical perfection; lined with coconut plam trees, powder white sand, shallow seas teaming with marine life and year round summer. It is everything you dreamt about in a beach and more. Visitors are often left struck by the colours, and how vivid they are - it is as if someone turned the saturation up a notch. Verdant greens, brilliant deep blues, turquoise and azure waters.

You can get to Cossies by ferry from the neigbouring, larger West Island. The ferry ride takes less than half and hour and won’t cost you much, however it only goes a few times a week. On the other hand you could arrive in style like the crusing yachts that are dotted around the bay.

Despite having caught the attention of the great naturalist Charles Darwin the beach is named after a more recent admirer of the beach’s qualities. Cossie is the affectionate name for General Sir Peter John Cosgrove - the Australian Governor-General.

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Cossies Beach Weather Info

5 Day Cossies Beach UV Index

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Cossies Beach tide times & sea state

  • Mon 17/02 »
    Surf report for Mon 17/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
    12:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 15mph
    18:00 6ft 18s  °  ° 13mph
    Tide times
    Low 5:35am (0.45m)
    High 12:40pm (0.97m)
    Low 7:54pm (0.46m)
    Daylight
    First light05:40
    Sunrise06:02
    Sunset18:30
    Dark18:52
  • Tue 18/02 »
    Surf report for Tue 18/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 8ft 16s  °  ° 12mph
    12:00 8ft 16s  °  ° 13mph
    18:00 8ft 15s  °  ° 11mph
    Tide times
    High 1:19am (0.65m)
    Low 6:37am (0.47m)
    High 1:57pm (0.99m)
    Low 9:19pm (0.43m)
    Daylight
    First light05:40
    Sunrise06:02
    Sunset18:30
    Dark18:51
  • Wed 19/02 »
    Surf report for Wed 19/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 11mph
    12:00 7ft 14s  °  ° 9mph
    18:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 9mph
    Tide times
    High 2:58am (0.64m)
    Low 7:47am (0.48m)
    High 3:04pm (1.03m)
    Low 10:21pm (0.39m)
    Daylight
    First light05:41
    Sunrise06:02
    Sunset18:29
    Dark18:51
  • Thu 20/02 »
    Surf report for Thu 20/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 13mph
    12:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 9mph
    18:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 5mph
    Tide times
    High 4:03am (0.66m)
    Low 8:53am (0.46m)
    High 3:59pm (1.07m)
    Low 11:05pm (0.35m)
    Daylight
    First light05:41
    Sunrise06:03
    Sunset18:29
    Dark18:50
  • Fri 21/02 »
    Surf report for Fri 21/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 4ft 14s  °  ° 10mph
    12:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 5mph
    18:00 4ft 13s  °  ° 4mph
    Tide times
    High 4:48am (0.70m)
    Low 9:49am (0.43m)
    High 4:44pm (1.10m)
    Low 11:40pm (0.33m)
    Daylight
    First light05:41
    Sunrise06:03
    Sunset18:29
    Dark18:50
  • Sat 22/02 »
    Surf report for Sat 22/02
      Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
      Swell Wind
    6:00 5ft 15s  °  ° 6mph
    12:00 5ft 14s  °  ° 5mph
    18:00 5ft 13s  °  ° 3mph
    Tide times
    High 5:22am (0.74m)
    Low 10:37am (0.39m)
    High 5:23pm (1.12m)
    Daylight
    First light05:41
    Sunrise06:03
    Sunset18:28
    Dark18:50

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