The great all-rounder on Magnetic Island is Geoffrey Bay, a must-do for visitors of all ages.
From wallabies to shipwrecks, the appeal of this large, easily accessible beach and bay is endless.
Located in Arcadia on the eastern coast of the island, Geoffrey Bay is listed in the top 10 snorkelling spots in Queensland, with its own snorkel trail that takes you through stunning coral to the historic Moltke Wreck.
Arcadia is also a lovely township that caters to locals and visitors – grab a bite to eat, choose from a variety of accommodation options, pick up some essentials at the local stores, or arrange equipment hire for your water activities.
Fun for all ages.
There isn’t much you can’t do at Geoffrey Bay. Enjoy spotting the delightful rock wallabies that have taken up residence in the area and check out the water for some magnificent marine life.
The activity hub on the eastern side of Magnetic Island, Geoffrey Bay Snorkel Trail is a necessary tick on your to-do list. Once you have explored the large coral reef that extends the full length of the bay, you can check out a piece of history at the Moltke Wreck, a 50-metre barque that travelled to Australia from Hamburg, Germany, and sank just off Australia’s eastern coastline in 1889. The wreck was then relocated to Geoffrey Bay, becoming one of many fascinating shipwrecks surrounding Magnetic Island.
For those a little more adventurous – snorkellers and divers alike – there is a propeller and engine block from a WWII fighter jet to be found a touch further out from the shipwreck.
How To Get To Geoffrey Bay
Walk – Geoffrey Bay is about a 20-minute walk from the Nelly Bay terminal, making it easy to get to and an enjoyable, car-free day trip.
Drive/Bus – easily accessible by car or the Magnetic Island bus. The line 250 bus will take you to Marine Parade near Bright Ave. There is also plenty of parking available. For those heading here from Horseshoe Bay, the bus or a hire car might be preferable over walking.
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Plan Your Perfect Trip With Us
There are a number of wonderful properties and accommodation facilities to choose from that give you great access to Geoffrey Bay and the surrounding Arcadia area.
Visit Magnetic Island’s Accommodation page to secure your booking.
Amaroo On Mandalay
Located on over 10 acres of beautiful lush tropical garden setting offering resort style accommodation and facilities. Also perfect for corporate functions and weddings – Amaroo On Mandalay is 2,550 feet from Magnetic Island National Park.
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A great place to explore.
The Geoffrey Bay Snorkel Trail is ideal for explorers of various skill levels and ages, and a fantastic way to spend a sunny day on the island. If you are visiting between November and April, make sure you bring stinger suits!
Fantastic conveniences nearby.
While many of Magnetic Islands bays provide an escape from civilisation, Geoffrey Bay ensures people have access to all the amenities they need to enjoy a relaxing day – or five! Perfect for families, nothing is too far away, with stores cater to any needs that might arise.
What Our Visitors Say
Beautiful vistas and so peaceful. Beaches are clean. Water is clear. Great for kayaking and swimming. Most people wear sting suits/wet suits when in the water
What an awesome spot for a snorkel. I walked from Nelly Bay to the Forts Walk and this was a great place to cool off on the way back. Plenty of shade to get out of the sun to dry off and the way is pure and irresistible delicious
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