Geordie Bay on the north side of Rottnest is a popular spot for swimming, fishing and boating on Rottnest.
Behind the beach you’ll find one of the island’s two main settlement areas, with lines of holiday villas looking out over the long beach and the sheltered water of the bay, and a small shopping area with a general store and cafes.
At busy times throughout the year, the Geordie Bay becomes crowded with moored boats.
The nicest thing about Geordie Bay is that it is so well protected from the wind, especially during summer when the winds almost always blow from the south-east or south-west.
Although the bay is large, it is set back deep into the land, facing north-west. Along the western edge of the bay are a series of low limestone cliffs and coves, which include two of Rottnest’s most idyllic paradise beaches – Parakeet Bay and Little Parakeet Bay.
Location of Geordie Bay on Rottnest:
Swimming at Geordie Bay
Along the length of the Geordie Bay beach there’s a nice strip of clear turquoise, seagrass-free water next to the shoreline. The best places to swim are in the boat-free zones, which are easy to spot because they’re surrounded by rope attached to floating bouys.
The Geordie Bay beach is a nice enough spot for a swim – I always enjoy swimming at Geordie Bay if I happen to be based there for a few days on the boat or in a cottage. But, it’s definitely not my first choice when it comes to Rottnest swimming beaches.
All the beaches at Rottnest are very beautiful, with clean, clear water. Geordie Bay is no exception to this, but the seafloor is almost entirely covered in seagrass, and I find it’s usually nicer swimming at bays that have turquoise water over white sand.
In addition, Geordie is an extremely popular mooring area, so during busy times the whole bay is gets crowded with boats, and with dinghies motoring to and fro between the beach and the boats.
Even Better Swimming Areas Nearby…
Just around the corner and along the edges of Geordie Bay are several of the most beautiful, calm and peaceful beaches you’ll find anywhere around the island. These gorgeous beaches are far nicer for swimming than the Geordie Bay beach, in my opinion.
A short walk or ride west and down the hill from the Geordie Settlement will take you to Parakeet Bay and Little Parakeet Bay.
Closer still – right in the middle of the Longreach-Geordie Settlement, in fact – is Fays Bay on Point Clune.
Geordie Bay Stingrays and Stingarees
The seagrass beds of Geordie Bay are a perfect habitat for stingrays and stingarees. If you’re staying at Geordie on a boat, you’ll see them gliding by frequently. They’re well camouflaged with the seagrass though, so you have to look closely.
It’s also not uncommon to catch a glimpse of a sting ray or two swimming close to the beach. They’ll be sure to come out from hiding if you lure them over with some fish – if you’re patient and wait for them to notice, that is. Some people even hand feed them, but I would never be game to try that!
Stingrays and stingarees are very common all around Rottnest, but Geordie Bay is by far one of the best places to spot them. The anchorage at Parker Point on the opposite side of the island is the only Rottnest bay where you’d be more likely to see one.
Snorkelling in Geordie Bay
If you go snorkeling right off the beach at Geordie Bay, then you’re probably not going to see much at all and come away disappointed.
However, if you know where to go, you can find some excellent areas for snorkelling within Geordie Bay and its surrounding coves.
On the map below, the shorelines on both side of the bay north-west of the yellow line offer good snorkeling.
The Eastern Reefs (Point Clune)
The reefs on the eastern side of Geordie Bay, off the rocky coves of Point Clune (a good distance around from the Geordie Bay beach), are a favourite snorkeling spot of mine, especially on summer mornings with a light south-easterly wind blowing.
The reefs there are maze-like and covered in sea weed, with some good undercut ledges. There are plenty of fish to see – mainly temperate species including scalyfin, stripeys, old wives, morwong, herring and bream. On a calm day you can snorkel from the Geordie Bay side of Point Clune all the way around into Fays Bay or vice-versa.
Geordie Bay’s Western Reefs
Over on the other side of Geordie Bay, the area in close to Geordie Bay beach is no good for snorkeling at all. You’ll see nothing but a whole heap of floating seaweed and perhaps one or two bream.
But swim far enough around to the north-west, and you’ll eventually reach some interesting reefs home to lots and lots of fish. This really is a fantastic snorkelling area, with decent shelter from the sea breeze. But rather than swimming around to it from Geordie Bay beach, you’re much better off riding or walking to Little Parakeet Bay first then swimming around to south from there.
Snorkeling from a Boat at Geordie Bay
If you’re visiting Geordie Bay on a boat then it’s worth your while anchoring a dingy in close to the reefy areas further off shore and having a look around for marine life including blue devils, morwong, sting rays and lobsters hiding under the reef ledges.
Even jumping in and having a bit of a look around the mooring area over the seagrass, you’ll probably spot at least a sting ray or two, or perhaps some garfish, herring or a school of squid. Just remember to listen and watch out for boat traffic when snorkeling close to the boating channel or in the mooring area!
Geordie Bay Jetty
On my last trip over to Rotto I noticed the jetty at Geordie Bay has been upgraded. The jetty is located at the north-eastern end of the beach, directly beneath the Fays Bay cottages.
As I mentioned previously, Geordie Bay is by far one of the most popular moorings on the island. The bay is well-sheltered from waves and from all southerly winds, so an overnight stay is almost always comfortable – so long as the other boats near you aren’t partying late into the night.
Being nice and close to the conveniences of Thompson Bay, and even closer (just a few minute’s walk) to the Geordie/Longreach shops is another plus.
Geordie Bay is moorings-only. On busy boating days you’ll really notice how jam-packed the mooring area is! If you want to anchor, you’ll have to give Geordie Bay a miss, but you can anchor instead at Longreach and Parakeet bays close by.
To get to Geordie Bay from Thomson Bay by boat, head out to the north-west around Bathurst Point and Duck Rock. Eventually you can line up the leads on the hills above Parakeet Bay. Then as you get close, leave the Parakeet Bay passage and follow the channel into Geordie Bay, which is marked by red and green lateral markers. There is a speed limit of 5 knots within Geordie and Parakeet Bays.
Geordie Bay Fishing
Geordie Bay is a pretty decent spot for fishing. Throw in a line off a boat out in the middle of the bay, or even try your luck fishing from the jetty near the beach, and you should be able to catch at the very least a herring or two.
Another spot to try for some land-based fishing at Geordie Bay is off the rocks at the end of Point Clune where there are some good deep channels amongst the reefs.
Last Updated: 18th June, 2014.
First posted on 2nd November, 2013 by Bonny.
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