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Rocky Bay is a secluded sun lover’s bay which can only be reached by a steep
walking track or by small boat. The name Rocky Bay came about because at high tide the
beach seems to disappear and the bay looks like it is just boulders. Good snorkelling can
be experienced from the northern end of the bay along the rocky edge.
Geoffrey Bay is an easy access nature lovers paradise. A large stretch of fringing reef
extends the whole length of the bay, offering great snorkelling, and reef walks at low
tide. The Moltke Wreck just off the old barge ramp is a great dive spot, and at dusk the
wallabies come down to the carpark on Bremner Pt to feed. Zoned Marine Park B.
Arthur Bay is the first of the undeveloped National and Marine Park Bays accessed
from Radical Bay Road, and provides some of the best snorkelling on the Island. Free
standing coral reef and an abundance of colourful fish meander from the beach around
a small cove and past the headland at the Northern end of the Bay.
Florence Bay is a diverse oasis with spectacular coral reef just metres offshore,
beautiful clear water, pristine beach and scenic boulders studded with Hoop Pines.
The bay is protected in most winds – although in seasonal Northerlies this calm bay
transforms to a favourite surfing spot. A popular boating anchorage for day trippers.
Radical Bay & Balding Bay are paradise for those who wish to relax and
simply soak up the Island’s beauty. Swimming is excellent and the beaches are superb.
The perfect choice for a quiet picnic with the whole family and perhaps some cricket on
the beach. Balding Bay is reached by walking track or small boat only.
West Point, as it’s name dictates, faces West towards the mainland giving you the
rare opportunity to enjoy the sun setting across water on the Eastern Coast of Australia.
A fabulous spot for fishing, a picnic at dusk, or to explore the flora and fauna of the
wetlands and mangroves. 4WD access only – tours available.
Picnic Bay’s historic jetty is now the perfect spot to cast a line or simply take a
stroll and enjoy the views across Cleveland Bay. Parklands, complete with bbqs and
playground, extend from the patrolled southerly end of the beach right along the mall.
A peaceful spot to enjoy refreshments from the beachfront hotel and cafes.
Nelly Bay is the Island’s ferry arrival point. As the main “village” you will find shops,
restaurants, fuel and a vast selection of accommodation. The beach itself is perfect for
a leisurely stroll, wind-surfing, catamarans, and snorkelling the fringing reef. The palm
studded park, playground, bbq and toilet facilities make it the perfect family picnic spot.
Alma Bay is a protected, deeper water haven making it a favourite swimming spot,
with Life Saving patrols on weekends and public holidays. Ideal for a full day out with
lush parkland, picnic tables, playgound, surf club and amenities. Refreshments, light
meals, newsagency and resort wear all available right across the road.
Horseshoe Bay is the largest bay on the Island. Jetskis, sea kayaks, catamarans,
paddle boats, and fishing charters are all available for hire. A patrolled swimming
enclosure, seasonal stinger nets, parkland, playground and picnic facilities lie directly in
front of a tourist strip of restaurants, shops, hotel and accommodation.
marine park - NO fishing
snorkelling & diving
NP national park
walking trail access
Bay Guide Key
picnic tables & bbq
NELLY BAY HARBOUR
Off the shores of Cockle, Picnic, Nelly, Geoffrey, Arthur and
Florence Bays fringing reefs of hard and soft corals support
numerous small fish and invertebrates. The waters surrounding
Magnetic Island also nourish extensive Sea grass meadows,
essential as fish nurseries and providing habitat for the sea
turtles and dugongs. During the summer months, sea turtles nest
on the Island’s beaches.
See p20 for more information on MINT – a volunteer organisation
dedicated to turtle rehabilitation on Magnetic Island.
Magnetic Island is classified as an Inshore Fringing Reef,
dominated by corals which are adapted to the turbid water
conditions found close to the coast. Many of these reefs also
have a substantial cover of the dark seaweed Sargassum.
The optimum areas of coral growth are found in the reef slopes
where diverse and fascinating ecosystems thrive. More than
150 species of fish inhabit the reefs around Magnetic Island,
awarding snorkellers the opportunity for an intimate and
exclusive reef encounter.
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