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Latitude: 16° 37.844' S
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Its a 50 minute drive from Cairns Airport towards Port Douglas.Keep eyes out for surfers down a rocky cliff. The best way to find it is to remember that it is the first beach south of Turtle Cove Resort.
DistanceTake a car
WalkInstant access (< 5min)
Easy to find?Hard to find
Public access?Public access
Special accessDon't know
Alternative name Rat Shit
DirectionRight and left
BottomSandy with rock
Normal lengthShort (< 50m)
Good day lengthNormal (50 to 150m)
Good swell directionSouthEast
Good wind directionSouthEast
Swell sizeStarts working at Less than 1m / 3ft and holds up to 3m+ / 10ft+
Best tide positionAll tides
Best tide movement
Week-end crowdFew surfers
Park your car just off the road (beach side) and walk down the cliff face following the tracks. this is a secret local spot but wont bother them if you surf there. Wear a long spring suit to avoid getting stung by jellyfish. This place is really pumping on huge swells.
This spot is a bay and the only beach brake in the far north, when pumping, waves get as good as a world class surfing beach. Definetly the best time to surf is when a cyclone is very close, Even during one if your keen.
this place rips when its good.
By Galen , 12-09-2010
Ratchet? what conditions? - G'day zac. I was just wondering what conditions makes Ratchet good and if you need a cyclone or massive winds to get enough swell to surf ratchet. If you could tell me what conditions you need for it to work I would be so grateful. I am new to Cairns and haven't had a surf or boog in 9 months. If there is any advice that you couuld give me that would be great. cheers.
P.S. nice barrel in the picture!!!
By Zac Perry , 07-08-2010
ratshit goes good - i used to live in brissy and i used to boog stradbroke island and gold coast....moved up here and got told there was no surf....i'v been to ratchet afew times and its not bad. you just have to be there at the right time. i'll atach some of the pics from my last sesion
By Anonymous , 21-05-2010
reef surfing - if u surf out in the reef, is therea chance of hitting coral or not? and does it get small out there aswell because im just a beginer.
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