Horseshoe Bay Site Management Arrangements

Magnetic Island lies eight kilometres north-east of Townsville, and over half of the island is a National Park. Horseshoe Bay is the largest bay on the island and contains extensive fringing reef with moderate coral cover, seagrass beds, mangrove forests, several shipwrecks and sites of significance to local Traditional Owners. Turtles are also known to occasionally nest along the western section of the beach.

Numerous applications have been received to install moorings within the Bay. Horseshoe Bay is a small location and numerous commercial and recreational users already utilise this location. Unless carefully managed, the installation of moorings at this site has the potential to restrict public use, create conflict between users and impinge on the natural and cultural values of the Bay.

The Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service and Maritime Safety Queensland have developed site management arrangements to ensure that any moorings installed do not conflict with Horseshoe Bay’s values and uses. The site management arrangements include a designated mooring site, a preferred area for watersports and identification of the most common anchorage area.

If you would like further information or to provide comment, please contact the Authority on (07) 4750 0700 or email, marked attention Manager, Planning.

Please note that the application for moorings within the Marine Park are subject to detailed assessment and are a separate, but closely related process from the development of site-specific management arrangements. For more information, see Environmental Impact Assessment.

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