In contrast to the exposed eastern shore of the island, the west facing bay shore is protected from both the ocean waves and dominant easterly winds. Consequently it consists of low energy sand beaches, backed by the vegetated dunes that originated in the east and fronted by sand flats and,... Read more
In contrast to the exposed eastern shore of the island, the west facing bay shore is protected from both the ocean waves and dominant easterly winds. Consequently it consists of low energy sand beaches, backed by the vegetated dunes that originated in the east and fronted by sand flats and, in places, tidal channels. The three small island settlements are all located on this side, at Kooringal in the south, the central Tangalooma and northern Bulwer. The ferry 'Moreton Venture' discharges vehicles near Kooringal and at Tangalooma. The 36 km of bay shoreline contain six, near continuous beaches, totalling 27 km in length, with a 9 km section of mangroves between Kooringal and Kounungai Beaches.Kooringal beach (MOR8) fronts the small southern settlement of the same name. The 1 km long beach faces west across the bay. It is fronted by seagrass-covered sand flats, the northern end of Days Gutter, then 4 km of shallow tidal delta, including low, sandy Crab Island. Conditions are usually calm, with only wind waves during westerly conditions at high tide. The ferry lands vehicles at the southern Campbell Point, with 4WD tracks leading to Kooringal and the South Passage Beach.
All the bay beaches are usually calm and relatively safe, apart from deep water off some of the beaches and a chance of tidal currents. Seek local advice before venturing too far offshore.
Excellent fishing for the length of the shore, particularly off the shore in the deeper channels and over the seagrass patches.
The quieter bay side of the island, home to all the island's small settlements and entry points for those coming by ferry or plane.Read less
SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.