Alma Bay (MT5) is a very picturesque little bay, just 150 m in width at the beach. It faces due east and has two prominent granite headlands running out for 300 m on either end of the beach. Large granite boulders and rocks fringe the beach. The main island road runs past the back of the beach, with a foreshore reserve between the road and the beach. The Arcadian Surf Life Saving Club, named after the the Pearce family children who were living in Townsville at the time, was founded in 1928 and occupies the centre of the reserve. The beach is often calm and only receives waves when the south-easterlies are blowing. The waves have built a gently sloping beach, that is 50 m wide at high tide and more than doubles in size at low tide. Rocks and boulders fringe each end of the beach and run out into the bay.
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.