On the southern end of Russell Island is a patch of Sand that is known as Sandy Beach. When the tide is out there s sand there, and around the corner is a sheltered spot people like to swim, not worrying about the sharks that are also swimming around in this area, making it not really a safe swimming place.
The Island is 13 kms long, so Sandy Beach is the longest drive for charging up a vehicle, and it also is a great place for walking dogs, or just enjoying the view. The downer is Sandy Beach is also the home of millions of sand midges and you do need insect repellent at dusk and dawn and also the rest of the day. Many birds spend time at the waters edge at low tide, and there are sand crabs that also live here.
Its also a great fishing place…and in season, which is the months of the year with “r” in it.. September to April…the waters are rich in mud crabs. Fishing here is mainly brim, and also squid, but the prize has to be the mud crab which you need a watched crab pot to catch. ‘Watched’ because there are crab pot thieves who steal the crabs as well as the pots.
Sandy Beach is a beautiful spot to bring the family for a picnic. The Lions Club have created a camping area here as well as playground equipment and great picnic shelters with tables and a free electric barbecue. There is fresh water for drinking and washing and cold showers and a great public toilet, but, don’t forget the insect spray.