Cowley Beach, Queensland

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Cowley Beach
Cowley Beach is located in Queensland
Cowley Beach
Cowley Beach
Coordinates17°41′36″S 146°06′41″E / 17.6933°S 146.1113°E / -17.6933; 146.1113Coordinates: 17°41′36″S 146°06′41″E / 17.6933°S 146.1113°E / -17.6933; 146.1113
Area152.0 km2 (58.7 sq mi)
LGA(s)Cassowary Coast Region
State electorate(s)Hill
Federal Division(s)Kennedy
Localities around Cowley Beach:
New Harbourline Mourilyan Harbour Coral Sea
Moresby Cowley Beach Coral Sea
Lower Cowley
Kurrimine Beach Coral Sea

Cowley Beach is a coastal town and locality in the Cassowary Coast Region, Queensland, Australia.[1][2]


The town takes its name from the beach which in turn takes its name from Ebenezer Cowley, a horticulturalist and overseer at Kamerunga State Nursery. Prior to 16 November 1991 the town was called Inarlinga.[1]


Cowley Beach is a 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi)-long beach situated between Double Point and Liverpool Creek in northern Queensland,[3] slightly southward of Innisfail.[4]

The Australian Defence Force's Cowley Beach Training Area includes the northern part of the beach and much of its hinterland as well as the nearby Lindquist Island.[5][6] This facility is used for amphibious warfare training, and also includes a rocket range and a cantonment area.[7][6]


  1. ^ a b "Cowley Beach - town in Cassowary Coast Region (entry 46583)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ "Cowley Beach - locality in Cassowary Coast Region (entry 45688)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ "Beach | Qld | Cowley". Government of Australia. Beach Safety. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  4. ^ "Place names search, Geoscience Australia, Place Name Search: Cowley Beach". Government of Australia. Geoscience Australia. Retrieved 12 February 2014.
  5. ^ "Environmental Management". Department of Defence. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  6. ^ a b AECOM (12 June 2015). "Talisman Sabre 2015 Final Public Environment Report" (PDF). AECOM. p. 67. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
  7. ^ Bateman, Daniel (26 August 2015). "Cowley Beach to be transformed in Defence exercise". Cairns Post. Retrieved 23 May 2016.