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Mackay

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

Nearby Beaches:
South Wall (1.5km) Mackay Harbour (boat Ramp) (1.6km) Mackay Harbour (north) (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.

Parking

Type:
Formal parking area
Spaces:
200

Location

Information Symbols

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

 

PATROL INFORMATION

No Service: Beach not patrolled out of season There are currently no services provided by Surf Life Saving Australia for this beach. Please take the time to browse the Surf Education section of this website to learn more about staying safe when swimming at Australian beaches. Click here to visit general surf education information.

If this information is inaccurate, please click on the contact us link and advise.

STATISTICS

July 2015 - June 2016

Rescues:
1
First Aids:
7
Preventative Actions:
935

The following organisations contribute to the above totals: Mackay SLSC

Hazards

Service Providers

  • Mackay SLSC

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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.

WEATHER

Today 20° S/17.00 km/h

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MACKAY (1 km) issued at Fri 31 Jul 09:30

WATER

20

Issued at Thu, July 30 14:08

SWELL FORECAST

Today's Swell Description
Wind:
Southeasterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching up to 20 knots north of Mackay during the day
Swell:
Easterly around 1 metre
Seas:
Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1
Weather:
Mostly sunny

UV INDEX

7

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TODAY'S TIDE

  • Low
    04:52
    0.57m
  • High
    10:36
    4.92m
  • Low
    16:48
    0.24m
  • High
    22:58
    6.13m
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Mackay Outer Harbour issued at Fri, July 31 00:00

WARNINGS

TODAY'S RADAR

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