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.Far Beach (1121) extends south of Town Beach for 2.9 km. It is the site of a large caravan park and other tourist accommodation and recreational facilities. It is also backed by a seawall in places and consists of a narrow high tide beach fronted by 2 to 3 km of tidal flats. South of the seawall a low grass and casuarina-covered foredune backs the beach. The beach ends at a small creek mouth. Extending for another 900 m on the south side of the creek is the southern extension of Far Beach (1122). At present it is undeveloped, although there is 4WD access to the southern tip that recurves round as a spit into Bakers Creek mouth. This beach is also fronted by 2 to 3 km of tidal flats (Fig. 4.64).
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.