The city of Mackay is located on the southern side of the Pioneer River mouth. Most of the city is located on river mouth floodplains of the Pioneer. Toward the coast the floodplain is, and in places was, fronted by a few hundred metres of mangroves, then a series of... Read more
The city of Mackay is located on the southern side of the Pioneer River mouth. Most of the city is located on river mouth floodplains of the Pioneer. Toward the coast the floodplain is, and in places was, fronted by a few hundred metres of mangroves, then a series of low beaches and dunes that form a 7 km section of east facing shore from the river mouth south to Bakers Creek mouth. Since the 1960's a great deal of the mangrove areas have been infilled for residential development and Town and Far beaches developed for residential, recreational and tourist facilities.The northern beach (1119) lies in lee of the South Wall of the river mouth. It is an 800 m long beach, backed by low beach ridges and mangroves and fronted by up to 3 km of intertidal sand flats. To date there has been no development on the beach, although it is earmarked for tourist development.
You can only swim at these beaches toward high tide owing to the extensive tidal flats. Due to the tidal flats and offshore Flat Top and Round Top Islands, waves are usually low and conditions relatively safe at high tide, apart from the tidal currents in the creek mouths.
Best in the creek mouth and off the seawalls at high tide.
Mackay's eastern beachfront suburbs back this 7km long, exposed beach. However it is largely protected from waves by the 2 to 3km wide tidal sand flats and offshore islands.Read less
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.