Alligator Bay and Stanage Bay are the next two bays south of the eastern Arthur Point headland. They face north-east and are backed by mainly cleared, gently rising land, with the main Stanage Bay Road running less than 1 kilometre west, providing road access to each. Alligator Bay is a continuous sandy beach bordered by 20 metres high headlands.
Waves and Tide The beach is moderately steep at high tide, with a 50 metres wide low tide bar, then more rock offshore. Tide ranges regularly exceed 7 metres. Low waves break in Stanage Bay only during strong easterly winds
Swimming Stanage Bay is one of the safer beaches in the area, with usually low waves spilling across the shallow bar.
Fishing For best fishing results cast off the rocky point and platforms, or the two Stanage Bay creeks. Fishing
in this area (Stanage Bay and Alligator Bay) can produce a variety of reef fish such as coral trout, barramundi
and red emperor. Huge mud crabs are also common. There is a number of places in the Stanage Bay area
where you can hire a small boat for fishing purposes.
Access to the rocks, pools and tiny caves are able to be explored when the tide is out. In season, turtles come ashore to lay their eggs and you may see a dugong in the large areas of seagrass. Sunrise and sunsets over this beach are spectacular viewing. There are also some great spots around the area for rock climbing for experienced rock climbers and avid bird-watchers will be able to view a number of species.
At Alligator Point, you can drive of walk to the top of the point and take in the breath-taking view.
Fresh water is not readily available, so be sure to bring your own.