Best 5 Beaches in Mackay

Harbour Beach Mackay

One of the amazing things about living at The Waters Ooralea is being near the beautiful beaches of Mackay — and there are quite a few! There are infact 31 beaches surrounding Mackay.

These gorgeous coastal delights offer an escape to serenity or some exciting adventures, depending on what you need to reset after a busy week.

The best of Mackay’s beaches will mesmerise you with picturesque stretches of white sand and blue waters, along with some notable resorts and caravan parks.

Here’s our top 5 beaches within the Mackay region.

1. Bucasia Beach

Bucasia Beach is one of the longest beaches you can find in Mackay. About four kilometres long, the whole length of beachfront is home to resorts like Bucasia Beach House and Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Resort. Many people visit the pet-friendly beach for a lovely walk at sunrise or sunset with their dogs.

Located in Northern Mackay, just 23 kilometres away from The Waters Ooralea, Bucasia Beach is a popular destination for swimming and fishing.

The southern end of the beach near the mangroves and sandy spits is a haven for fishermen. There is also a boat ramp to serve the more serious fishers and boating enthusiasts.

If you want to enjoy a great day out with the family, bring them to Bucasia Beach on weekends/school breaks. During these periods, it has the bonus of being patrolled by lifeguards.

Photo Credit: James Anderson

2. Lamberts Beach

Next on our list is Lamberts Beach which is located near Slade Point Nature Reserve, north of Mackay Harbour.

Less than half an hour’s drive from The Waters Ooralea via the Bruce Highway, Lamberts Beach is your best location to watch the migrating whales pass by during winter. It’s also an ideal spot for a great view of the Cumberland Islands.

Lamberts Beach is patrolled seasonally, so if you want to swim safely make sure that lifeguards are present at the beach. Meanwhile, anglers will be happy to know that mackerel and reef fish are constantly biting all-year-round.

For a more comfortable stay at Lamberts Beach, head to Ram Chandra Park where you can find shaded areas, picnic tables, barbecues, showers, and a public toilet.

3. Harbour Beach

The best destination on this list for fishing enthusiasts, Harbour Beach has multiple fishing spots where you can catch bream, mackerel, tuna, jew, and trevally. It is also the headquarters of Mackay Surf Lifesaver Club and one of the top events in Mackay, the Mackay Harbour Beach Horse Races.

Harbour Beach is seasonally patrolled and allows pets to roam around the beach, as long as they are leashed.

Mulherin Park is also located near the beachfront and is a nice place to stay and have a picnic or barbecue with your family. There’s even a playground where the kids can have a good time.

If this isn’t enough, you can head to the nearby Mackay Marina Harbour with a variety of restaurants, and enjoy the sight of luxury yachts and large boats.

4. Dolphin Heads

Looking for a beach in Mackay that’s not too busy? Dolphin Heads will be a good destination for you.

This beach has a relaxing and lovely atmosphere located in North Mackay, some 23 kilometres away from The Waters Ooralea.

Many people like the secluded swimming spots and terrific sea views of Dolphin Heads. You know it must be good when photographers regularly visit to take great pictures of the headland.

Dolphin Heads gets its name from the unique shape of the headland, which resembles the heads of two dolphins, back-to-back.

Dolphin Heads is a serene and uncrowded landscape, which suits other beachgoers who like the peace and quiet while on holiday.

5. Town Beach

Town Beach is one of the closest beaches to The Waters Ooralea. A quick 14-minute drive and you’re in for a treat. Town Beach has the best spot for sunrise watching, the south-easterly wind for kiteboarding, and access to Iluka Park for barbecuing.

Town Beach also offers an amazing view of Flat Top Reef, Round Top Reef, the Dalrymple Bay, and the mouth of Pioneer River.

Most people visit the beach to have a pleasant afternoon walk along the track and watch the birdlife or admire the large waves as they hit the shore. If the tide permits it, you can also bring your beach rod and catch some bait fish.

After a great time at Town Beach, you can head to the nearby Blue Water Trail, one of the more popular tourist destinations in Mackay.

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Mackay’s rich landscape and thriving economy make it one of the best destinations in Queensland to both holidaymakers and families looking to start a new life.

The Waters Ooralea is a residential community that perfectly captures the essence of living in Mackay, and is close to everything that the region has to offer. Make the sea change. View our new homes for sale or enquire about house and land packages so you too can call Mackay home.

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