The western side of North Stradbroke Island faces into the southern half of Moreton Bay. The sandy shore receives no ocean swell, except at the very north-western entrance. Only at the protruding Dunwich and along the north-western Amity shore are the bay waves sufficiently high to maintain low energy sandy... Read more
The western side of North Stradbroke Island faces into the southern half of Moreton Bay. The sandy shore receives no ocean swell, except at the very north-western entrance. Only at the protruding Dunwich and along the north-western Amity shore are the bay waves sufficiently high to maintain low energy sandy beaches fronted by tidal flats and/or tidal channels. As the bay narrows south of Dunwich, the low energy conditions permit mangroves to dominate the shore, while between Dunwich and Amity extensive sand flats and tidal shoals extending 12 km into the bay also maintain calm conditions and a mangrove-fringed shore. In all, there are five bay beaches between Dunwich and Amity Point.Amity Point beach (1580) extends from the north side of the seawall for 2 km to the low, sandy Amity Point, which forms the northern boundary of the tidal Rainbow Channel. To the east of the point, ocean waves regularly reach the shore. Immediately north of the seawall, the narrow beach is backed by a few houses, with makeshift seawalls, then a broad, wooded reserve. The beach is usually calm, except during very high swell conditions, when low waves move around the point. However the Rainbow Channel carries strong tidal currents just off the beach, which no doubt contribute to the beach erosion.
These are five usually calm beaches, with the best swimming at the main Dunwich Beach between the jetties and One Mile, while at Amity the beach in front of the caravan park is relatively safe, so long as you do not swim out into the deep tidal channel with its strong currents. Strong currents also parallel the usually calm Amity Point Beach.
Most people come over to Dunwich and Amity to fish and relax. They fish from all vantage points into the deep tidal channel, including the jetties, groynes and off the beaches.
The quieter western side of North Stradbroke and location of two of the main settlements, that are fronted by usually calm beaches.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.