Mackay is located 394km southeast of Townsville
on the banks of the Pioneer River. The Pioneer Promenade Boardwalk in town overlooks the river and is a pleasant walking platform and ideal spot to appreciate the massive tides of the area. Or take a stroll at sundown and watch the lorikeets flock home to nest in the trees.
Bluewater Lagoon is also beside the river and is accessible via Wellington St. The chlorinated swimming lagoon consists of 3 pools to suit all ages, a waterslide and water playground. Lifeguards patrol the lagoon, there is a café, security lockers, amenities and best of all entry is free.
Mackay has several beaches popular for fishing and watersports. Town Beach on Binnington Esplanade is a good kitesurfing and windsurfing location. Iluka Park is close by with a playground and picnic facilities.
There are plenty of northern beaches to choose from in Mackay. Bucasia Beach in the far northern suburbs is a gorgeous beach, particularly on low tide when the rippled sandflats are exposed. This is a great dog recreation beach with a grassy esplanade and walking pathway. Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Park is located right on the beach.
Sunset Bay via Eimeo Rd is a good fishing spot. The adjoining creek fills on high tide and bait fish can be caught here. Mangroves line the banks and suggest a variety of table fish could also be caught here. The shady foreshore provides gas barbeques and picnic facilities for your convenience.
Eimeo Beach on Eimeo Esplanade is a nice swimming beach with a lifeguard stationed here, a lovely park on the foreshore with facilities and dogs are permitted. Views of this beach and the Coral Sea can be enjoyed from above at the Eimeo Pacific Hotel on Mango Avenue.
Blacks Beach via Bourke St is another lifeguard patrolled beach permitting dogs. The grassy palm fringed foreshore is a great spot to take the family for the day and picnic or barbeque. Seawinds Caravan Park is by the beach here.
Slade Point via Ocean Ave offers fishing opportunities from the rocky outcrops on the point. The area is quite picturesque and in the right conditions hopefully the fish are biting.
Just south of Slade Point is Lamberts Lookout via Pacific Esplanade. The views from here are gorgeous, with headland to the north and Lamberts Beach to the south.
Lamberts Beach on Pacific Esplanade is just beautiful. A lifeguard tower overlooks the beach, dogs are allowed on lead and the shady foreshore has all the facilities for a family day out.
Harbour Beach on East Point Drive is popular for swimming and fishing. Common catches here include Mackeral and Bream. A surf club and lifeguard station is also located here and the well maintained foreshore park has sheltered picnic huts and a children’s playground.
Mackay’s Marina via Harbour Rd offers a variety of alfresco dining, bar and takeaway seafood on the waterfront. The views are picturesque and the alfresco strip would be a lovely spot to relax and wine and dine on a fine day. Boat cruises depart from here to Brampton, Scawfell and Keswick Islands, Whitehaven Beach and the Great Barrier Reef.
Bushwalking enthusiasts will appreciate the Kommero Toera Trail on Keeleys Rd towards Slade Point. A boardwalk weaves through a beautiful Melaleuca Forest with Swamp Water Ferns on the forest floor. Many frogs inhabit the wetlands and their happy croaking is music to the ears. Be sure to wear insect repellant as the mosquitoes can be friendly in these wetlands.
Mackay is a lovely city blessed with picturesque coastline and close vicinity to the Great Barrier Reef, making it a great stopover between Townsville and Rockhampton.
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