Mackay’s northern beaches offer sun, sand and sensational sunsets for those looking to escape the crowds and enjoy some relaxation in a tropical haven.
Bucasia, Blacks, Eimeo and Shoal Point beaches are between 15 and 30 minutes from Mackay’s City Centre, but here you’ll feel a world away from the daily grind.
Beautiful blue water, islands just off the coast and soft white sand between your toes, Mackay’s northern beaches is the ideal spot to unwind, relax and rejuvenate.
Whether it’s a family holiday full of barbecues and beachside living, or a relaxing and romantic tropical escape just for the two of you, visit any of these locations and feel your worries slip away.
Choose from a range of beachfront accommodation options including caravan and camping, self-contained, motel-style and resort. The best part is waking up with sunrise and hearing the waves softly crashing onto the sand.
Blacks Beach is popular for walking, is pet-friendly (although pets must be kept on a leash) and you won’t have to fight for a spot to sit.
Admire the waves crashing on the rocks, sit under the tropical palms trees or enjoy a picnic in the park. It’s great for fishing also, with bream and whiting regularly caught off Blacks Beach.
Fitness Fanatics: The Blacks Beach stairs (a favourite spot among fit locals in the region) are a great challenge for those wishing to keep active on holidays. Start from the Camilleri Street entrance and enjoy the view of the beach below on your way down!
From the moment you turn on to the Bucasia Esplanade, you’ll feel the beach vibes beckon as palm trees line the street and the wide-open park will have the kids squealing with excitement.
Enjoy the facilities at Seaview Park on the esplanade, or indulge in a bite to eat from the café across the road.
You can just see the beautiful blue water of Bucasia Beach from the esplanade, so why not kick off the thongs and feel the soft white sand between your toes on the sandy white beach. Admire Dolphin Heads to the north and the Cumberland Islands.
Kids Spot: A great place for the kids is the Seaview Park on the esplanade, complete with public barbecue, toilets, picnic tables and a children’s playground.
Dolphin Heads is a rocky and sandy headland, popular for tropical island-style weddings and photography. Looking out from the beach of Dolphin Heads, you will see the southern Whitsunday Islands, including Brampton Island.
A great place to explore and climb the rocks, or go fishing, Dolphin Heads is a raw and naturally beautiful beach. The beachfront resort at Dolphin Heads is popular among locals and visitors alike with a gorgeous pool and bar, and provides live entertainment on weekends.
The tide goes out so far, that sometimes it is possible to walk to Eimeo Beach.
Fact or Fiction: The area is thought to have been named after the shape of the headland, which looks similar to the shape of two dolphin heads.
Finding Eimeo Beach is an experience of its own. You’ll need to pass through Mango Avenue, which is shaded by 80-year-old heritage-listed mango trees and provides a spectacular canopy 20 metres above the streetscape.
On the top of the hill is a hotel, which provides spectacular elevated coastal views, food and refreshments. Locals call it ‘the pub with a million dollar view’.
When you find Eimeo Beach, you’ll never want to leave. Lay a picnic rug under one of the big shady trees and lose track of time as you watch the waves crash in. The beach is seasonally patrolled during the summer months by volunteer lifeguards.
The Eimeo Esplanade includes a children's play area, picnic tables, large trees for shade, public toilets, fresh water showers, drinking fountains and barbecue facilities.
The last and most northern beach along the Mackay-Bucasia Road, Shoal Point is well worth the extra few minutes drive.
The quiet seaside suburb is home to a wide range of wildlife including possums and rainbow lorikeets, and you could see the occasional goanna.
Shoal Point Park is a popular spot to set up for a picnic or barbecue, with a children’s playground and other facilities like a toilet, picnic tables, water fountain and more available. Enjoy the crystal clear water, with views of Cape Hillsborough and the Hibiscus Coast, or let the kids burn some energy in the park.
Selfie Spot: If you go around sunset, be sure to take a quick detour to the left just before you reach Shoal Point Park. You’ll find the famous ‘lone tree’, a spectacular structure seen in many photos, and here the sunsets are simply amazing.
How long does it take to get to the Great Barrier Reef from Cairns? It very well may seem like a simple and easy question to answer, however, there are so many variables that make the answer not quite as straight forward as you may have initially thought.
No matter whether you are a snorkeller or a certified scuba diver, there are number of amazing Great Barrier Reef experiences that are a once in a lifetime absolutely ‘must do’. And a Minke Whale snorkel and dive Expedition is one of those that should be on your list!
Thinking of becoming a Certified Scuba Diver and looking to do your learn to scuba dive PADI certificate? Do you wish to learn to dive with a high quality professional company that has an outstanding reputation for not only skill but also safety and can match this with some of the best liveaboard dive boat fleets on the Great Barrier Reef?
This tour is special in so many ways, and is unrivalled to all other reef tours in Far North Queensland. First of all, it has the shortest open water crossing to get to the Great Barrier Reef. Fantastic news for anyone prone to motion sickness. Although this tour is a ‘Reef’ tour, it includes a ‘River Cruise’ on the journey there with Island activities on arrival. And a huge PLUS to guests that like to avoid the crowds, it has one of the lowest passenger capacities of all the island tours with a maximum of 100 guests. The destination is to an uninhabited continental island called Normanby in National Park which is part of the archipelago of Frankland Islands. It is located 10km offshore from the mouth of the Russell and Mulgrave Rivers at Russell Heads, which is approximately 45km South-East of Cairns. The Normanby Island has an abundance of wildlife not only in the water, but also on the island itself. The island is pristine, and has its own rainforest and a fringing reef not far out from its sandy shores. There are also coral gardens located further out from the island for the those that want to explore the deeper waters.
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If you are scared of the water and the creatures that live there or have never been exposed to an aquatic life in your younger years, but still wish to live out that lifelong dream of seeing the iconic wonders of the world the Great Barrier Reef, then that is okay, we have a tour that will enable you to see the coral reef from above the water and also below the water’s surface without you even getting your hair wet!