The north-east corner of Magnetic Island consists of granite hills rising nearly 200 m and a number of small bays and embayed beaches. The first five bays house four sandy beaches; Balding, Radical, Florence and Arthur Bays, while Balding, Radical and Florence Bays are also marine parks.Florence Bay (MT3) is... Read more
The north-east corner of Magnetic Island consists of granite hills rising nearly 200 m and a number of small bays and embayed beaches. The first five bays house four sandy beaches; Balding, Radical, Florence and Arthur Bays, while Balding, Radical and Florence Bays are also marine parks.Florence Bay (MT3) is an east facing, half kilometre deep, 200 m wide bay that contains both a sandy beach and a fringing coral reef. The entire bay is a marine park. There is vehicle access to the beach as well as a few houses and a small car park toward the southern end. The beach is 30 m wide at high tide, where it is partly shaded by casuarina trees, while low tide exposes sand flats over 50 m wide, with the reef fringing the northern half of the flats.
Waves usually average less than 0.5 m at all four bays and swimming is relatively safe under these conditions. Just watch for the shallow coral reefs and the rocks adjacent to the headlands.
Usually too small to worry about, with Florence and Arthur receiving slightly higher waves when the Trades are blowing; Florence is the best during strong south-easterlies.
All four bays offer excellent opportunities for beach and rock fishing. Certain restrictions apply in the marine parks.
Four small but beautiful bays surrounded by steep, pine-covered, granite headlands and hills, together with clean, low energy, sandy beaches and some coral reefs.Read less
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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.