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Bingil Bay

Bingil Bay is a haven for artists, writers and musicians. Enjoy a freshly caught fish barbecued on the free barbecues at the water’s edge, or take in the walk to the top of Bicton Hill for awesome views of the Barnard Islands and over to Dunk and Hinchinbrook while hopefully spotting a cassowary on the way.

The Beach
Bingil Bay is an open, east facing bay, occupying the 5 km of coast between Garner Beach and Clump Point.  The Bingil Bay Road reaches the coast at Bingil Bay Beach, while all six beaches in the bay are accessible by vehicle. There are three beaches in the northern part of the bay - Brooks, Bingil Bay and Bicton Hill.
Bingil Bay Beach lies on the south side of Ninney Point and runs for 800 m down to the rocky foreshore that fronts Clump Point National Park.  The Bingil Bay Road runs behind the southern half of the beach and there is a shady camping area in the foreshore reserve. A small creek drains across the middle of the beach and there is an old rock jetty and disused concrete boat ramp at the southern end. The high tide beach is relatively steep, narrow and backed by coconut trees, while at low tide the rocky outcrops at either end of the beach are exposed.

Bingil Bay Beach is the best known, most accessible and by far one of the most popular beaches in the area. It offers relatively safe swimming that is best at high tide, with a chance of usually low surf.

Both Brooks and Bingil Bay receive usually low surf, that increases with the Trades; usually best at mid to low tide.

All three beaches offer rocks at each end, plus the chance of rip holes on Brooks and Bingil Bay.

Bingil Bay is one of Queensland's better known beaches, made famous by Prime Minister Harold Holt, who used to holiday there in the 1960’s. All three beaches are attractive, tree-lined and backed by steeply rising vegetated slopes.  It’s here that you’ll discover the Bingil Bay Café- a favourite spot for locals to gather and enjoy a meal and a cold one while cataching with friends.  It’s always a buzz at the Bingil Bay Café.

The first white settlers, the Cutten brothers, came to Mission Beach area in 1882 and settled at Bingil Bay, where they farmed mangoes, bananas, pineapples, coffee, citrus fruit and coconuts. They also manufactured their own coffee. Produce was shipped south on cargo-boats. Before this the only white people to enter this area were the timber-getters who sometimes camped on the beach and retrieved timber from the adjacent rain forests. They employed local Aborigines for their assistance in their timber hauling, paying the Aboriginal labourers with tobacco and tools. The natives were generally friendly, although in 1872 the captain and some of the crew of the Maria which was wrecked at Tam O'Shanter were killed by the natives. 

After the Cutten brothers, the Unsworths settled at Narragon Beach, the Garners came and settled at Garners Beach, and the Porter brothers settled at what the locals refer to as Porter's Creek (also called Wongaling Creek) at the south end of North Mission Beach.