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Magnetic Informer Visitors Guide : Magnetic Island Informer Visitors Guide 2011
Marine Life 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. 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. island highlights • Explore the endless walking tracks through the Island’s National Parks • If art hopping is your thing, there are numerous art galleries to enjoy • Take a horseback ride along the beach and experience a bareback swim in the Coral sea • Set sail or hire a boat and find your exclusive hideaway in one of the 23 bays around the island • Try your luck and place your bets on the weekly Cane Toad Races • Snorkel the fringing reef around Magnetic Island’s most popular beaches or discover the island shipwreck trail • Circumnavigate the Island by jet ski or boat • Test your koala spotting skills on the Forts Walk • Navigate your way around the island in a fun tropical car NP NP NP 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 reek 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. bay guide Adayonthewaterisaday worth having. Swim, snorkel, fish and explore the many wonders of Magnetic Island’s pristine bays. jump right in disabled access marine park - NO fishing snorkelling & diving fishing anchorage NP national park walking trail access Bay Guide Key patrolled beach stinger nets boat ramp picnic tables & bbq playground fuel public toilets 8
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