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Armstrong Beach

Armstrong Beach, Mackay Area

Armstrong Beach is a gentle 12 minute drive from the township of Sarina. From Sarina head south along the Bruce Highway and turn left onto Armstrong Beach Road, signposted from the highway. Armstrong Beach is renowned for its fishing and prawning, both of which are best attempted from the beach. A Four Wheel Drive is required to launch a boat from the beach so be prepared for the launch. There is a small community at Armstrong Beach and accommodation is available at the local caravan park. From Armstrong Beach head to Freshwater Point, which is where Captain Cook first landed in 1770 looking for fresh water, hence its name. Armstrong Beach facilities including a picnic area.

Open Times

Note: 24 hour access.

Facilities

  • BBQ Facilities
  • Car park

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome.
Armstrong Beach
Armstrong Beach, Mackay Area
Queensland
Australia

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Cape Palmerston National Park

Ilbilbie, Isaac Area
Free Entry
Cape Palmerston National Park features sandy dunes, unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres. Within its 7200 hectare expanse, this park protects a range of plant communities and threatened animals. The false water-mouse lives in the mangroves and beach stone-curlews frequent the shores. Both are considered threatened species. Enjoy nature in this remote, undeveloped park. Scramble up Cape Palmerston for breathtaking views towards the Northumberland Islands and Mount Funnel. Try your luck fishing or crabbing, but remember to be croc wise. Self-sufficient campers can bush camp at Windmill Bay or Cape Creek. Camping fees apply.

Coppabella

Coppabella, Isaac Area
The town of Coppabella is a small community which lies approximately 159 kilometres south-west of Mackay. Recognised for its large mining monument at the entrance of the town, Coppabella was designed to service the junction of two railway lines, one from Goonyella Mine and the other from Saraji Mine. The railway line would then continue on to the sea at Hay Point, Sarina. The Goonyella to Hay Point line was opened on the 5 November 1971 and the Coppabella Railway Station was opened on the same day. The town is wholly owned and operated by Queensland Rail and contains: stations, residences, single-quarters, work depots, hotel, a shop, swimming pool, basketball court, tennis court, football oval, caravan park, school, ambulance, fire brigade and water supply! The town was established in three stages, with the first established in 1971, the second in 1977 and the third in 1984. The population stood at approximately 300 permanent residents and about 30 to 80 that were migratory in 1996 when the town celebrated its 25 year anniversary. Interestingly, the name Coppabella was given by Queensland Railways at the suggestion of the General Manager, Central Division. It is said to be an Aboriginal word meaning “crossing place”.

Carmila

Carmila, Isaac Area
Carmila is situated approximately 96 kilometres south of Mackay on the Bruce Highway. Carmila offers a 24 hour roadhouse, caravan park, general store, post office and library, and is a major sporting and social centre for the surrounding cane farms. Carmila beach is only six kilometres from the town, with camping facilities including amenities blocks, barbecues, playgrounds and a boat ramp. Campers and caravans can enjoy the local campground and its facilities, which is charged at AUD10 per night, per site, paid via Parkmobile. Carmila Creek is an ideal place to launch a boat, otherwise cast a line from land, near the creek mouth. Sunset fishing is particularly good here for barramundi, mangrove jack, trevally and flathead. Bush turkeys rummage through the coastal scrub at sunset.

Armstrong Beach

Armstrong Beach, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Armstrong Beach is a gentle 12 minute drive from the township of Sarina. From Sarina head south along the Bruce Highway and turn left onto Armstrong Beach Road, signposted from the highway. Armstrong Beach is renowned for its fishing and prawning, both of which are best attempted from the beach. A Four Wheel Drive is required to launch a boat from the beach so be prepared for the launch. There is a small community at Armstrong Beach and accommodation is available at the local caravan park. From Armstrong Beach head to Freshwater Point, which is where Captain Cook first landed in 1770 looking for fresh water, hence its name. Armstrong Beach facilities including a picnic area.

Sarina

Sarina, Mackay Area
Located at the foothills of the Connors Range south of Mackay, Sarina's town centre is a blend of natural country charm, while having developed into a thriving business area. Enjoy the friendly hospitality, beautiful beaches, prime fishing and prawning available nearby. A world of discovery can be found at Sarina's Field of Dreams. Learn about the region's thriving sugar industry and watch how sugar is extracted from the cane on an interactive tour at The Sugar Shed. The Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Information Centre, also located at the Field of Dreams, will provide you with friendly local advice. It also carries a host of beautiful locally-made arts, crafts and souvenirs. Take a morning stroll along one of Sarina's golden beaches, including Sarina Beach, Grasstree Beach, Salonika Beach and Freshwater Point. Keep an eye out for nesting turtles in season, who lay their eggs among the grassy dunes. Sarina Beach provides a range of accommodation and dining options. Lake Barfield, which adjoins Salonika Beach, is a thriving bird sanctuary; home to black swans, white herons and egrets. Hay Point and Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals are the Mackay Region's coal export facilities. The administrative building at the Hay Point Coal Terminal operates a viewing platform for panoramic views over the massive facility. Keep an eye out for Buffy, a large Cane Toad statue placed in the middle of the Sarina township, in-between the north and south-bound lanes of the Bruce Highway.

Eton

Eton, Mackay Area
Situated on the Peak Downs Highway, Eton is a charming rural community, 25 kilometres west of Mackay City. The local pub is at the heart of this community and is a great place to meet the locals and enjoy a great bite to eat. A small rustic church is perched on the hill, visible from the main road. The town is in the heart of a sugar cane growing community and much of the surrounding landscape is dominated by farming and sugar cane fields. The rural roads surrounding Eton are relatively quiet and are often used by the local cycling club for competition races. During sugar cane crushing season, from June to November, these rural back-roads are a good place to watch sugar cane harvesters working. Be mindful of many small railway crossings, many of which do not have lights or warning systems, for small trains hauling carriages of sugar cane. A true blue Aussie cowboy experience is located near Eton at Stoney Creek. Trail ride on horseback, enjoy a bush campfire or go on a Four Wheel Drive adventure through rugged farmland.

Grasstree Beach

Grasstree Beach, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Grasstree Beach is one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the Mackay Region, located within a 15 minute drive from Sarina. Nestled in sheltered Zelma Bay, the shallow beach is a popular swimming destination, although it is not patrolled. It is fringed by a large grassy recreational area, complete with public toilets, picnic tables and a children's playground. With nearby reefs, islands and creeks, fishing is plentiful either by boat or straight off the beach near the creek mouth. There are boat ramps on each side of Cabbage Tree Creek. There is a convenience store approximately 100 metres from the public toilet location of the beach.

Nebo

Nebo, Isaac Area
Nebo has a diverse array of offerings, with significant coal deposits, prime grazing land and crop cultivation. Historical sites in the region include Lake Elphinstone, the Mount Britton Gold Mining site, and the intrepid traveller can find the site where Leichhardt camped as he explored the region in 1845. In the early 1980's, to celebrate the Shire's Centenary in 1983, a group of locals began the process of gathering many relics of the past and putting them together in a museum collection originally situated in the old Nebo Police Station. Today's relocated museum is a tribute to that effort and to the pioneers of the past and well worth a visit. The Pioneer Tracks of Queensland Gallery is housed in the Marley Accommodation Centre complex just outside Nebo on the highway. The Gallery houses a photographic collection of the early years of the settlement of the State.

Sarina Beach

Sarina, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Sweeping golden sand, gentle crashing waves and a popular location for nesting turtles is what makes Sarina Beach a hot-spot for visitors and locals alike. Only a few minutes from the town of Sarina, this beautiful beach is fringed by an esplanade park with barbecue and picnic facilities. Enjoy lunch overlooking the coastal vista at a beachside restaurant in the old Surf Lifesaving Club building. The beach is patrolled seasonally by the local Surf Lifesaving Club. Motel style accommodation is also available. Fish off the beach or search the rocks at the northern point for delicious shellfish.

Lake Elphinstone

Nebo, Isaac Area
Free Entry
Lake Elphinstone is a natural lake which once supported the town of Elphinstone - long since disbanded. The lake is located within the Nebo Shire, approximately 92 kilometres west of Mackay, and can be accessed via the Sutter Developmental Road on your way to Glenden. Glenden is the nearest township to Lake Elphinstone, with petrol and grocery supplies available, 25 kilometres away. The lake is a popular destination for fishing, kayaking and water skiing with free camping and amenities available beside the lake. Red Claw crayfish can be caught here. Public facilities include toilets, hot water showers, electric barbecues, boat ramp and picnic tables. It is advisable to take your own drinking water.
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