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Mackay

Beach PATROLLED PATROLLED
Beach Number:
qld1118
Includes Beaches:
Mackay
State/Region:
QLD - Mackay Harbour
Post Code:
4740
General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 ( Least hazardous)

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 harbour walls are the most popular location, with the beach only suitable at high tide.

General

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

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
200

Location

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  • Drinking water Drinking water
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Toilets Toilets
  • Parking Parking
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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.

 

PATROL INFORMATION

Patrol Information
  Mon 20/10 Tue 21/10 Wed 22/10 Thu 23/10 Fri 24/10 Sat 25/10 Sun 26/10
Mackay SLSC
          13:00
- 17:00
09:00
- 17:00

STATISTICS

July 2014 - June 2015

Rescues:
0
First Aids:
0
Preventative Actions:
3

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Mackay SLSC

Hazards

Service Providers

  • Mackay SLSC

    VISIT SITE

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

Today 26° wind SE/11 km/h

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MACKAY (2 km) issued at Sat 25 Oct 10:30 (EST)

WATER

24

Issued at Sat, October 25 07:01

SWELL FORECAST

Today's Swell Description
Wind:

Swell:
Bowen to St Lawrence issued at (Local Time)

UV INDEX

11

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TODAY'S TIDE

No tide data is currently available from the Bureau of Meteorology for this location

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