by Jonathan Haas
(Kewarra Beach, QLD)
We have spent the past month (May), walking the beaches around Cairns, Queensland. We have gone from Etty Beach in the south, up to Port Douglas in the north generally beach combing and bird watching. We are also avid beach glass collectors and have reported on other good locations. for beach glass in Australia. However, the Cairns area defeated us. We spent an average of 2 hours on 10-15 beaches (Trinity, Kewarra, Machans, Halloways, Yorkeys Knob, Clifton, Palm Cove, Buchans Point, Ellis, Wangetti, and other smaller ones) and came away with a grand total of perhaps 5 "craft" quality pieces of glass. There is other glass on some of the beaches, but it is really too "new" (sharp) to collect other than as trash. These are all sandy beaches with very low waves (due to the Great Barrier Reef). While there are some gravel and shell outcrops, where you might expect to find glass, they yielded nothing. I'm not writing this report to complain, but to suggest that if you are looking for well tumbled, interesting beach glass, then the beaches of Cairns are probably not the place to look. Happy hunting wherever you are.