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

Nelly Bay QLD

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... Read more

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.Nelly Bay (MT7) is similar to Geoffrey Bay; it is 1.75 km long, faces south-east and also has a fringing coral reef that widens from 10 m in the west to 300 m against the western Bright Point. The steep, narrow beach backs the reef. The main road skirts the western end of the beach before detouring through the backing Nelly Bay settlement. In the 1980’s a major marina development was commenced and stalled at the eastern end of the beach. However, its prominent breakwaters now dominate this end of the beach, forming a man-made lagoon in their lee, into which drains Gustav Creek.

Swimming

Geoffrey and Nelly Bays are best for snorkelling over the reefs at high tide, with wading only possible at low tide. Rocky Bay offers the best chance for a small surf, however beware of the rocks at high tide.

Surfing

Only a chance at Rocky Bay when the Trades are blowing.

Fishing

Best over the reefs at high tide and off the rocks.

General

Three very accessible bays and site of much of the island's residential development as well as a budding large marina.

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Unpatrolled Unpatrolled Change Day

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Information

About

Nelly Bay, QLD 4819

Includes beaches:
Radical Bay, Florence Bay, Arthur Bay, Alma Bay, Geoffrey Bay, Rocky Bay, Picnic Bay

Length:
1.75km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
1/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qldMT07

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Toilets
  • Drinking water
  • Marina
  • Boat ramp

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.

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