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Point Vernon is the largest rocky promontory on the coast between Noosa and Bundaberg, a distance of 170 km. Sandy beaches extend to the north, while to the south the last beaches end in the morass of the Great Sandy Strait, before the massive Fraser Island is encountered. The generally low, 5 km2 rocky point is surrounded by five low energy beaches. Gatakers Bay beach (1521) occupies 800 m of the shoreline that runs between northern Eli Point and central Point Vernon. It is backed by a shady reserve, then a road and houses. The beach faces east and follows the crenulate nature of the backing rocks. It consists of a narrow, sandy high tide beach fronted by 100 m wide, linear rock flats. There is a boat ramp in the centre backed by a car park and a marina, with a boat ramp and dredged channel across the rock flat in the southern corner. The bay is a popular fishing spot and is also used by windsurfers on windy days.
Beach Length: 0.8km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10

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Formal parking area
Caravan park
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Boat ramp



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