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Between Bremner and Hawkings Points on the south-east coast of the island is a broad, 4 km wide bay containing the two larger Geoffrey and Nelly Bays, and the smaller Rocky Bay. All three are contained within prominent granitic headlands, with Hawkings Point rising to 90 m. The main island road from Picnic Bay to Horseshoe Bay runs along the shores of the two main bays and close to Rocky Bay, providing good access to all three. Rocky Bay (MT8) is a small indentation on the northern side of Hawkings Point. The main road is located on the 40 m high slopes at the northern end of the bay. There is steep access down the slopes to the beach. The bay contains a 150 m long, east facing beach that is almost awash and hidden amongst large granite boulders at high tide, while low tide reveals a 50 m wide bar. Due to its orientation, it receives waves averaging 0.5 m and is the highest energy beach on the island.
Beach Length: 0.15km
General Hazard Rating: 2/11

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