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.Town Beach (1120) was developed in the 1970's as the beachfront suburb of Iluka. However the main beachfront road was located too close to the beach and now the 900 m long beach has been largely replaced with a seawall to protect the road. Extensive tidal flats front the wall and remaining beach.
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 7 km long, exposed beach. However it is largely protected from waves by the 2 to 3 km 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.