Rocky Bay

If you are looking for a small beach to hide away without venturing too far from Nelly Bay or Picnic Bay, then Rocky Bay might be the one for you!

Located on the south-eastern corner of Magnetic Island is the serene and private Rocky Bay. You’ll find it between Picnic Bay and the renowned Base Backpackers, on the northern face of Hawking Point’s granite headlands.

Be ready to climb down rocky terrain to reach the beach itself. With its east facing orientation and light waves, Rocky Bay provides opportunities for a small surf when the conditions are exactly right, but visitors should be mindful of rocks at high tide.

 

 Beautiful views from the lookout.

At the top of the track that leads down to Rocky Bay there is a lookout that will give you one of the most amazing vantage points on the island.

The best time to visit Rocky Bay beach is at low tide, so that you get to enjoy the greatest amount of sand.

It is worth being mindful that this secluded little beach is considered by some to be a nude beach – you might find a few of the local boulders on the access track have been turned into unofficial signs for approaching visitors.

 

How To Get To Rocky Bay

How to Get to Rocky Bay

Walk – There are a few walking tracks leading to Rocky Bay from the main stretch of road between Picnic Bay and Nelly Bay. These tracks tend to be fairly rugged, so make sure you wear good hiking shoes! There is also a walking track over the headland originating at Picnic Bay.

Bus – Take the Line 250 bus from Murray Street near Turnbridge St to Nelly Bay Road near Lilac St

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Visit Magnetic Island’s Accommodation page to secure your booking.

 

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Features

Secluded, but close to amenities.

Stay close to accommodation, shops, eateries and facilities, while still managing to “get away from it all”.

 

Fishing

Rocky Bay is one of the spots where fishing is permitted on Magnetic Island. We recommend fishing off the rocks at high tide, just over the reefs.

Why do they call it Magnetic Island?

The name of the island came about because of the apparent "magnetic" effect it had on the ship's compass of Captain Cook as he passed the island when sailing up the east coast of Australia in 1770.

FAQ

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

Great reception in the main party of Nelly Bay - some residential areas struggle still to reiceve 4G

Is there a public toilet here ?

At the Ferry terminal

What Our Visitors Say

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I love this bay!! It's a perfect place for bouldering, yoga and relaxing with your friends. You can either walk in from Hawking's Point Lookout (Picnic Bay side) or from the roadside lookout on the Nelly Bay side. It's within walking distance from Picnic Bay, xbase and the ferry terminal. Highly recommended!!!

Luen Warneke


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Beautify Sandy beach. Access is extremely steep & difficult from the lookout. Slightly easier from the Hawking Point track but it is not marked. We found a track just before the midway sign to Hawking Point.

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Mega nice island worth a visit to explore the diverse nature and very chillaxing island

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