Nudey beach is the archetypal tropical beach; pristine powder white sand, crystal clear azure water and coral reefs teaming with marine life. Behind is a verdant backdrop of rainforest containing Nutmeg, Tamarinds, Turpentine, Sheoak and Indian Beech whilst dotted along the beach are time-worn granite boulders which create the feeling of an ancient paradise.
It isn’t hard to see why Nudey beach has made it to the top spot on several surveys of Australia’s best beaches.
The beach is set on Fitzroy Island, around 30km off the coast of Cairns in northern Queensland. Designated a National Park this paridisical island lies just within the Great Barrier Reef. From here you can take trips on glass bottom boats out to the main reef or around the island. Of course you don’t need a boat at all and the snorkelling off Nudey beach is fantastic with shallow coral reefs fringing the beach.
It isn’t just the sea which is teaming with life - there is wildlife a-plenty onshore too. Lizards such as goannas and monitors are common, and the birdlife is fantastic with sea eagles, ospreys, cockatoos and the aptly named paradise kingfisher all native to the area.
Despite there only being a relatively small stretch of sand to put your towel down Nudey beach never feels crowded. And if you are wondering about where the name “Nudey” came from it is pretty much as you would expect. Quite a few years back this secluded spot did draw the clothes-optional crew and hence the name. However, this is Queensland where public nudity is frowned upon and these days getting naked on this family-friendly beach is a bit of a no-no.
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Nudey Beach Weather Info
Mon 17th32°C / 90°F
Tue 18th30°C / 86°F
Wed 19th26°C / 79°F
Thu 20th30°C / 86°F
Fri 21st29°C / 84°F
Sat 22nd28°C / 82°F
5 Day Nudey Beach UV Index
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Nudey Beach tide times & sea state
Mon 17/02 »
Surf report for Mon 17/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 2ft 9s 12mph 13:00 2ft 8s 15mph 19:00 3ft 7s 16mph Tide times High 5:38am (2.34m) Low 11:51am (1.34m) High 5:15pm (1.95m) Low 11:31pm (0.78m) Daylight First light 05:49 Sunrise 06:11 Sunset 18:48 Dark 19:11
Tue 18/02 »
Surf report for Tue 18/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 2ft 8s 11mph 13:00 2ft 9s 12mph 19:00 2ft 9s 12mph Tide times High 6:23am (2.54m) Low 12:41pm (1.17m) High 6:03pm (1.97m) Daylight First light 05:49 Sunrise 06:11 Sunset 18:48 Dark 19:10
Wed 19/02 »
Surf report for Wed 19/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 2ft 9s 10mph 13:00 3ft 9s 10mph 19:00 3ft 9s 11mph Tide times Low 12:12am (0.60m) High 7:01am (2.68m) Low 1:20pm (1.04m) High 6:43pm (1.98m) Daylight First light 05:49 Sunrise 06:12 Sunset 18:47 Dark 19:09
Thu 20/02 »
Surf report for Thu 20/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 3ft 9s 6mph 13:00 3ft 8s 6mph 19:00 3ft 8s 8mph Tide times Low 12:47am (0.48m) High 7:36am (2.76m) Low 1:54pm (0.97m) High 7:17pm (2.00m) Daylight First light 05:50 Sunrise 06:12 Sunset 18:47 Dark 19:09
Fri 21/02 »
Surf report for Fri 21/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 2ft 8s 7mph 13:00 2ft 8s 10mph 19:00 2ft 8s 9mph Tide times Low 1:19am (0.43m) High 8:07am (2.78m) Low 2:24pm (0.96m) High 7:48pm (2.00m) Daylight First light 05:50 Sunrise 06:12 Sunset 18:46 Dark 19:08
Sat 22/02 »
Surf report for Sat 22/02 Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed Swell Wind 7:00 2ft 8s 12mph 13:00 3ft 8s 11mph 19:00 3ft 8s 12mph Tide times Low 1:49am (0.45m) High 8:35am (2.75m) Low 2:50pm (1.00m) High 8:15pm (2.00m) Daylight First light 05:51 Sunrise 06:13 Sunset 18:46 Dark 19:08