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The south-western shore of Magnetic Island faces toward Townsville, just 5 km away. This is the low energy, protected side of the island and much of the 9 km of shoreline is dominated by tidal flats, coral reefs and mangroves. While the coast is freehold land, there is little development on this side of the island, with just one rough track running from Picnic Bay to the small settlements at Cockle and Young Bays and the north-western West Point. West Point (MT12) is the north-western tip of the island. On its southern side is a 1.2 km long, cuspate foreland that has built out 200 m from the backing steeper slopes, providing a flat portion of land upon which are several holiday shacks, all linked by the vehicle track to Picnic Bay. The beach is moderately steep and 30 m wide at high tide, while fronted by patches of reef and sand flats at low tide.
Beach Length: 1.2km
General Hazard Rating: 1/10

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