Mackay - Beach in Mackay Harbour Mackay QLD - SLS Beachsafe

Mackay QLD

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... Read more

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.

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Mackay SLSC

Mon

20/02

Tue

21/02

Wed

22/02

Thu

23/02

Fri

24/02

Sat

25/02

Sun

26/02

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13:00 - 17:00

09:00 - 17:00

Information

About

Mackay Harbour, QLD 4740

Length:
4.3km

General Beach Hazard Rating:
3/10 (Least hazardous)

Beach Key:
 qld1118

Nearby beaches

Hazards

  • Irukandji
    Irukandji
  • Bluebottles
    Bluebottles
  • Chironex
    Chironex
  • Crocodiles
    Crocodiles
  • Topographic rips
    Topographic rips
  • High Tide Range
    High Tide Range
  • Marine Stingers
    Marine Stingers
  • Shallow Water
    Shallow Water
  • Submerged Objects
    Submerged Objects
  • Strong Currents
    Strong Currents

Information Symbols

  • Formal parking area
  • Drinking water
  • Toilets
  • Unspecified

Regulation Symbols

  • No Naked Flames
  • No Littering
  • No Removing Shellfish
  • No Fishing

Weather

Thursday 23, Feb 2:59 am

Day 30°    Night 24°
27.4°C
Shower or two

Water Temperature  30°C


Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 2 metres.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore.

Tide

9 am
5.41m
2 am
1.27m
9 pm
4.70m
3 pm
1.28m

UV

Index: 15 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:20 pm


Radar

128 km

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Weather

Friday 24, Feb

Day 31°    Night 24°
Showers easing

Swell


Wind


Wind: Southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: Easterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres offshore south of Mackay.
Weather: Partly cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm from the late morning.

Tide

9 am
5.62m
3 am
1.04m
9 pm
4.89m
4 pm
1.10m

UV

Index: 16 (Extreme)

Sun protection recommended from 8:20 am to 4:20 pm


Weather

Thu 23, Feb to Thu 02, Mar


Swell


Wind


Wind: East to southeasterly 15 to 20 knots.
Swell: East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Seas: 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather: Mostly sunny. 30% chance of a shower.

Tide


UV

Thu 23rd 16 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:20 am to 4:30 pm
Fri 24th 16 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:20 am to 4:20 pm
Sat 25th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:20 am to 4:20 pm
Sun 26th 15 (Extreme) Sun protection recommended from 8:30 am to 4:20 pm

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.

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