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Mackay

Beach UNPATROLLED UNPATROLLED TODAY
Beach Number:
qld1118
State/Region:
QLD Mackay
Post Code:
4740
Length:
4.3km
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Nearby Beaches:
south wall  (1.5km) mackay harbour (boat ramp)  (1.6km) harbour beach (mackay)  (2km) town beach  (2km) north harbour  (2.9km)

Beach

The town of Mackay is located at the mouth of the Pioneer River. On the north side of the river mouth is 9 km of near-continuous beach, now broken in the centre by the breakwaters and seawalls for the Port of Mackay. The main Mackay surfing beach begins on the south side of the harbour walls and runs for 4 km to the rock training wall that lines the north side of the river mouth. This beach houses the Mackay Surf Life Saving Club (founded in 1928). The club is located in the centre of a 500 m long beachfront reserve containing extensive parking, together with shady picnic and plays areas and a kiosk (Fig. 4.63). However, during 1998 the surf club will be relocated 1.5 km to the south, due to the construction of a resort and marina at its present location.The beach (1118) faces almost due east and is exposed to some of the biggest tides on the east Australian coast (up to 8 m) and biggest waves inside the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, commonly 0.5 to 1 m. As a consequence the beach has a 60 m wide high tide beach which, as the tide falls, is fronted by a continuous low tide beach/bar up to 200 m wide, with the chance of rips cutting across the bar at the low tide level.

Swimming

A relatively safe beach at high tide under normal wave conditions, however be careful at low tide as you will be a long way from the surf lifesaving club and rips will be present when the waves exceed 0.5 m. Also stay clear of the harbour walls, as a permanent rip runs out along the rocks.

Surfing

This is one of Mackay’s main surfing beaches. It is best at mid to low tide and when there is a bit of a south-easterly blowing.

Fishing

The marina wall is closed due to construction, therefore there is no fishing in this area.

General

A well maintained beach and reserve, providing good access and all facilities for families for a day at the beach.

Location

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area Formal parking area
  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Unspecified Unspecified

Regulation Symbols

  • No Naked Flames No Naked Flames
  • No Littering No Littering
  • No Removing Shellfish No Removing Shellfish
  • No Fishing No Fishing

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

Last updated: 31/03/2015 09:26:53

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 26/09 Tue 27/09 Wed 28/09 Thu 29/09 Fri 30/09 Sat 01/10 Sun 02/10
Mackay SLSC
13:00
-
17:00
09:00
-
17:00

STATISTICS

July 2016 - June 2017

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
0
Preventative Actions:
0

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Mackay SLSC

Hazards

  • Irukandji Irukandji
  • Bluebottles Bluebottles
  • Chironex Chironex
  • Crocodiles Crocodiles
  • Topographic rips Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range High Tide Range
  • Marine Stingers Marine Stingers
  • Shallow Water Shallow Water
  • Submerged Objects Submerged Objects
  • Strong Currents Strong Currents

Service Providers

SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.

WEATHER

Fri, 30 Sep 09:00 pm

MACKAY (1 km)


Clear.
22.80 °C
SW/7 km/h
Wind

Weather information
FriSatSunMonTueWed
31° 20° 29° 16° 29° 18° 30° 22° 29° 20° 29° 19°

WATER

25

Issued at Fri, 30 Sep 14:22

SWELL FORECAST

Friday
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • AM
  • PM
  • WSW
    16 km/h
    0.4m
  • S
    11 km/h
    0.2m
  • SSW
    9 km/h
    0.4m
  • ESE
    12 km/h
    0.4m
  • WSW
    9 km/h
    0.3m
  • ESE
    16 km/h
    0.5m
  • NNW
    14 km/h
    0.6m
  • WSW
    16 km/h
    0.6m

Mackay issued at Thu, 29 Sep 17:58

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Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Northwesterly 15 to 20 knots ahead of a south to southwesterly change 10 to 15 knots extending from the west during the morning and reaching up to 20 knots at times until late morning. Winds tending variable 10 knots in the afternoon before tending northerly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Swell:
Below 0.5 metres.
Seas:
1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre around midday.
Weather:
70% chance of showers in the morning. The chance of a gusty thunderstorm in the morning. Mostly sunny afternoon.

UV INDEX

14



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TODAY'S TIDE

  • low
    04:32
    0.54m
  • high
    10:29
    5.13m
  • low
    16:42
    0.71m
  • high
    22:39
    5.37m

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Mackay Outer Harbour issued at Fri, 30 Sep 21:41

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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