Picnic Bay - Magnetic Island
For many years Picnic Bay was the first glimpse visitors had of the Island as they arrived on the passenger ferry from Townsville.
In September 2003 the passenger ferry service relocated to the new Magnetic Harbour Ferry terminal in Nelly Bay. The jetty still remains and is a favourite spot for fishing, strolling or for an evening picnic meal (fantastic on a full moon). In the picture also is the specially designed swimming enclosure for safe swimming during the summer months. It consists of a floating net allowing for all tide variations. This beach is also patrolled by the Picnic Bay Surf Life Saving Club on week-ends and public holidays.
On the righthand-side of the jetty, just out of the picture, is the Picnic Bay Mall, a relaxed and tranquil spot for shopping, dining, a quiet drink at the Hotel or just sitting with a paper or book at one of the many shady tables scattered along the lovely gardens that line the beach. Parents will really appreciate the two childrens play areas in the gardens, something for the kids to enjoy whilst they relax.
The Island's picturesque nine hole golf course is also in Picnic Bay and visitors are made most welcome.