Picnic Bay - Beach in Picnic Bay Townsville QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Picnic Bay

Patrolled Unpatrolled Today

Picnic Bay is the port of entry for Magnetic Island. The sole jetty extends 200 m out into the bay and receives the regular ferry from Townsville. The beach is backed by a foreshore reserve and road, and then the main island settlement of Picnic Bay.The beach (MT9) is 1... Read more

Picnic Bay is the port of entry for Magnetic Island. The sole jetty extends 200 m out into the bay and receives the regular ferry from Townsville. The beach is backed by a foreshore reserve and road, and then the main island settlement of Picnic Bay.The beach (MT9) is 1 km long and faces south-east. It is protected to the east by prominent, 90 m high Hawkings Point, that extends 1 km seaward of the beach. Waves are usually calm to low. At high tide the beach is only 20 m wide. As the tide falls, it widens to about 50 m and the extensive sand and reef flats are exposed. The flats extend several hundred metres off the eastern end of the beach, narrowing to 100 m off the western Nobby Head end.The Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club, founded in 1927, is located at the base of Nobby Head at the western end. The club maintains a stinger enclosure and a watch tower, both located up against Nobby Head. There is also a boat ramp crossing the beach next to the jetty.

Swimming

The best swimming is at high tide in the enclosure or, when safe, snorkelling over the reef flats. At low tide the bay is generally too shallow for comfortable swimming.

Surfing

None.

Fishing

The jetty is the most popular location, with deep water also accessible off Nobby Head.

General

The most visited and popular beach on the island, with all the usual visitor and tourist facilities right on or behind the beach.

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Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC

TODAY'S UPDATE

Weather
24°C
Water
23°C
UV Rating
11 / 11

Hazards

Irukandji
Irukandji
Bluebottles
Bluebottles
Chironex
Chironex
Submerged Objects
Submerged Objects
Accessible Rock Platforms
Accessible Rock Platforms
Rocks
Rocks

Information Symbols

Formal parking area
Toilets
Dressing shed
Showers
Kiosk
Public phone
Park
BBQ
Picnic
Shade
Playground
Boat ramp
Cafe
Mobile Phone Coverage
Passenger ferry
Bus
Jetty
Boat ramp

Regulation Symbols

Bicycles Allowed
No Littering
No Vehicles
No Diving
No Naked Flames
Dog Litter Must be Picked Up
No Firearms
Dogs Allowed
No Fishing
Fires Prohibited
No Spear Fishing
No Alcohol
Monday, 16 Sep 5:20

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.


Picnic Bay, QLD 4819
Includes beaches: Radical Bay, Florence Bay, Arthur Bay, Alma Bay, Geoffrey Bay, Nelly Bay, Rocky Bay
Length: 0.7km
General Hazard Rating: 2/10 (Least hazardous)
Beach Key: qldMT09