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The south-eastern corner of Hinchinbrook Island forms the northern boundary of the Hinchinbrook Channel. At its mouth the channel is 2 to 3 km wide, with tidal shoals extending up to 5 km seaward. The strong tidal currents and waves have built an extensive coastal plain up to 2 km wide and containing over 4 square kilometres of sandy sediments. The eastern side of the plain is called Mulligan Bay and the southern side, facing into the channel, is Picnic Beach. Picnic Beach (826) begins on the southern side of George Point and gradually curves around into the channel to face south toward Lucinda on the opposite side of the channel. The beach is very dynamic owing to the influence of the tidal shoals and currents that move pulses of sand along the beach, causing it to vary considerably in size, shape and width.
Beach Length: 2.8km
General Hazard Rating: 3/11

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