Weather Forecast
24.60°C
Current Temperature
15.00km/h
Wind speed
26.47°C
Water Temperature
0.69m
Swell
4.94m
Tide
9/11
UV
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. However, during 1998 the surf club was relocated 1.5 km to the south, due to the construction of a resort and marina at its previous 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.
Beach Length: 4.3km
General Hazard Rating: 3/10

Patrolled Beach Flag Patrols

Sun
21 Apr
Mon
15 Apr
Tue
16 Apr
Wed
17 Apr
Thu
18 Apr
Fri
19 Apr
Sat
20 Apr
Mackay SLSC
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13:00 -17:00
09:00 -17:00
Harbour Beach (Lifeguards)
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09:00 -13:00
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Information

Formal parking area
Drinking water
Toilets Block M/F
Unspecified

Regulations

No Naked Flames
No Littering
No Removing Shellfish
No Fishing

Hazards

Topographic rips
High Tide Range
Marine Stingers
Shallow Water
Submerged Objects

Weather

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.