Picnic Bay

Picnic bay comes with  a specially designed swimming enclosure to aid is safe swimming all year round.



Beach front gardens,


Ship wreck

Craft centre

National Parks Office

Golf course


Picnic Bay

Fishing, Golfing, Swimming the possibilities are endless.

 Picnic Bay was once the main hub of Magnetic Island with first peek visitors had of the stunning tropical Island as they docked at the Historic Picnic Bay Jetty. Now the ferries dock in at Nelly Bay but Picnic Bay is still host to some of the most picturesque beaches. Picnic Bay is also the bay on the southernmost corner of Magnetic Island where the town is situated.

Picnic Bay

Picnic Bay Jetty

How To Get To Picnic Bay

  • Drive – Nelly Bay has several car parking areas just above the beach
  • Bus

Magnetic Island Bays

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Picnic Bay is an amazing location to enjoy a relaxing swim, exploring, try your luck at fishing off the jetty or to simply sit and watch the sun set while taking in the views of the Townsville coastline in the distance. Snorkeling is a popular way to explore the stunning marine life of Picnic Bay or see what you can spot from above while taking a stroll along the jetty.

At the south end of Magnetic Island with views back to Townsville from the headlands lays the community of Picnic Bay. Cockle Bay is off to the west, and to the east lies Rocky Bay, one of the island’s top locations for swimming and snorkeling.

Mamma Roma Italian Restaurant

Italian Live Music Restaurant & Wood fired Oven. Italian family business from Rome. This Restaurant offer quality food and freshness. Open For breakfast @ 9am and dinner @ 5pm . Italian Atmosphere and welcoming are the “cultural MUST’, and the Ocean view does the rest… an experience in Magnetic Island.

R&R Restaurant

The recently refurbished R&R Bar and Restaurant is a stone’s throw from the historic Picnic Bay Jetty, offering uninterrupted, panoramic views of the Coral Sea and Townsville coastline and headlands.

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Golf Course

For the keen golfer, Picnic Bay is also home to Magnetic Island's only golf course. With its breathtaking views and local wildlife your game of golf on Magnetic Island will be one to remember.


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. Don't forget to check out the old shipwreck too!

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Picnic Bay Magnetic Island


What is the phone and internet reception like at Picnic Bay ?

Great reception at the beach and close by facilities

Is there a public toilet here ?

Public Toilets are located at the entrance to the Jetty.

What Our Visitors Say


It's a retreat to our private piece of paradise. Loved it.

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