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Ball Bay

Ball Bay, Mackay Area

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The picturesque beach settlement of Ball Bay is located 35 kilometres north of Mackay. Ball Bay offers secluded camping on a small grassy campground. The facilities include toilets, cold beach showers, wood barbecues and drinking water, however animals are not allowed. Fish off the beach in this small piece of paradise, surrounded by lush bushland. Ball Bay offers easy and close access to Cape Hillsborough National Park bushwalking tracks. In the early hours of the summer months it is possible to see Flatback turtles hatching.

Open Times

Note: The beach at Ball Bay is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park
  • Walking Tracks
Ward Esplanade
Ball Bay, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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Smalleys Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Smalley's Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres north of Mackay and is part of the Hibiscus Coast. This secluded beach is also located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and offers limited camping sites. Facilities include toilets, and small secluded sites. Water must be brought with you. Camping is by self registration.

Hibiscus Coast

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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20 kilometres north of Mackay lies the Hibiscus Coast which includes the delightful seaside towns of Seaforth, Halliday Bay, Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough. This is the perfect place to find a quiet beach or picnic table and enjoy the sounds of nature. Seaforth has a swimming enclosure net. Cape Hillsborough National Park nestles into the coastline, with a beautiful beach shared with the local wallabies, scenic nature walks and spectacular views. The Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort offers beachside accommodation and facilities.

Newry Islands National Park

Newry Island, Mackay Area
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Newry Islands National Park lies within the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area, an area of outstanding natural beauty and irreplaceable value. Pearl-coloured beaches, exposed rocky headlands, open woodlands and dense rainforest, all surrounded by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef—Newry Islands National Park is truly world class World Heritage. Newry Island was once home to one of the earliest resorts in the area. Wander along the island’s resort trail past the resort ruins and contemplate a bygone era. Take a walk on Newry Island’s circuit track through rainforest and open forest. Vantage points along the way offer spectacular views of nearby islands and the mainland. Enjoy a picnic on the island’s western side overlooking Rabbit Island. Camping is available on Newry, Outer Newry and Rabbit islands. Camping fees apply and bookings are essential. Book in advance for school holidays. Take water and a fuel stove. Check restrictions on activities such as spearfishing, anchoring, fishing and collecting.

Kuttabul

Kuttabul, Mackay Area
The Kuttabul Camel-boks are probably the biggest thing to come out of Kuttabul, up the road from Mackay. This feature of the town may not attract tourism, that is, unless the boys are in one of their two modes of dress. You see, the Camel-bok boys form the local rugby union team and they play hard when wearing the team colours. And, when they're socialising, their mode of dress is full kilt. There's another reason to spend some time in this town: it's the meat! The local butchery is well known through the whole region for its quality product. Perhaps one more reason to call in is to check out the handicraft talents of the local ladies. Kuttabul crafts include woodwork, folk art and Aboriginal styles through to concrete garden ornaments.

Seaforth

Seaforth, Mackay Area
The trip to Seaforth takes you past beautiful and mountainous countryside. Seaforth itself is a quaint beachfront town that is also one of the most popular recreational fishing destinations in the Mackay region, especially with its well maintained boat ramp at Victor Creek. Today sugar and tourism are thriving industries for Seaforth. the township offers all vital services including two multi-purpose stores that sell fuel, bait, take away food, souvenirs and supplies. Other facilities include a bowls club, public swimming enclosure, nearby public toilets, and a well maintained caravan and camping area located directly on the beach. Sunday morning markets offer local crafts, produce and bargains from 8.30 am to 11.30 am every week. The Pictorial History of Seaforth Area and Mural can be seen at the Seaforth Community Hall on Wednesdays 9.00 am to 11.00 am or by appointment.

Ball Bay

Ball Bay, Mackay Area
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The picturesque beach settlement of Ball Bay is located 35 kilometres north of Mackay. Ball Bay offers secluded camping on a small grassy campground. The facilities include toilets, cold beach showers, wood barbecues and drinking water, however animals are not allowed. Fish off the beach in this small piece of paradise, surrounded by lush bushland. Ball Bay offers easy and close access to Cape Hillsborough National Park bushwalking tracks. In the early hours of the summer months it is possible to see Flatback turtles hatching.

Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Cape Hillsborough, with its 816 hectare coastal National Park about 20 kilometres north of Mackay, is renowned for its rugged scenery, walking tracks and native wildlife. The closest thing to a crowd on a beachfront stroll is likely to be a friendly family of wallabies. The park is scattered with walking trails, the most popular being the 1.6 kilometres Juipera Plants Trail. This trail illustrates the way the Juipera Aboriginals used the park's native plants for survival. Other walks include the Diversity Boardwalk, Beachcomber Cover Track and Andrew Points walking track which passes six lookouts offering spectacular views. At low tide a causeway links the end of the track to Wedge Island. Check tide times before embarking on this track and only attempt the crossing to Wedge Island on a falling tide. At low tide, walkers may return to the picnic area along the beach; this route is inaccessible at high tide. Over 150 species of bird life and tropical butterflies live amongst the park's eucalypt forests, hoop pines, creeks, mangroves and headlands. The park includes a picnic and barbecue area and public toilets. Nearby Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort offers a variety of accommodation options from caravan and camping, beachfront huts and motel units.

Cape Hillsborough National Park

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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At Cape Hillsborough National Park, rainforest literally meets the waters of the Great Barrier Reef, providing unique habitats for plants and animals. Rugged, rainforest-clad hills plunge to rocky headlands of rhyolite boulders. Created by volcanic activity, the boulders separate white sandy beaches in this scenic and peaceful park. Watch the sunrise on the beach and meet friendly wallabies as they search for treats that the ocean washed up overnight. This is the perfect opportunity to get beautiful photos of the sunrise over the national park and get up close to these playful creatures. Learn about the history of the park and the Yuibera (Yuwi) Aboriginal people who continue their traditional use of the rich natural resources found here. The 1.2 kilometre Yuibera trail illustrates traditional coastal life. Observe more than 150 species of birds and 25 species of tropical butterflies and along the award-winning Diversity boardwalk, see shell middens from Yuibera feasts. Camping, cabins and motel rooms are available at the nearby tourist park and national park camping at Smalleys Beach
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