North Barrier

Picnic Bay

Picnic Bay is the port of entry for Magnetic Island and receives the regular ferry from Townsville.

The beach is 1km long and faces south-east, with a jetty extending 200m into the bay. The beach is backed by a foreshore reserve and road, and then the main island settlement of Picnic Bay. It is protected to the east by Hawkings Point, so waves are usually calm to low. At high tide the beach is only 20m wide. As the tide falls, it widens to about 50m and the extensive sand and reef flats are exposed. 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.

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 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.


Beach Showers
Boat Ramp
Disabled Access
Ocean Pool
Swimming Enclosures
Water Available

Townsville Picnic Bay SLSC

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We at Townsville Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club are “The Life of the Beach” at The Strand, Townsville and Picnic Bay, Magnetic Island.

Club members patrol both The Strand and Picnic Bay beaches on Saturday afternoons, all day Sundays and on public holidays. Our aim is to provide a safe and fun environment for the public of Townsville and Magnetic Island and our many visitors.

Townsville PBSLSC prides itself on the fact that there have been zero drownings on our beaches here in Townsville and on Magnetic Island. Strong traditional values are one of the key success factors for the club. In addition to providing life saving skills and youth development, we offer camaraderie and friendship within this club and with other clubs around the region. Our emphasis is on fun and participation.


Picnic Bay
80 The Strand, Townsville, QLD, 4810

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