The view from Nelly Bay , Magnetic Island , further rain expected . Torrential rain in recent days resulted in Nelly Bay beach being cut in two by a fast flowing stream , smelling like septic , disgorging a vast amount of litter , pieces of timber , leaves out into the bay , forming a large sandbar . At low tide , Kookaburras arrived to pick over the deposits and down a few small crabs .
One of the island's most popular beaches , Alma Bay , suffered much damage when a small creek at the far end , which had been a mere trickle since 2013 , became a raging torrent , forming extensive sand "cliffs " well over a metre high which had to be removed with a bulldozer to prevent people from being engulfed .There are tyre marks along the full length of the beach from the restoration work , much debris . The above view is from the footbridge over the creek on Saturday afternoon, the beach a mess with much pumice and leaves .