Sun, Surf and Sand - Blissful Beaches in Mackay

Multiple Locations

Blessed with an abundance of breathtaking tropical shoreline, Mackay’s Northern Beaches are the perfect day-trip destination to soak up the sun, surf and sand. The Northern Beaches feature beautiful stretches of golden sand and warm waters to enjoy a dip in the ocean. The best time for fishing is at high tide off Black Point rocks.

Journey Details

Duration
2 Hours
Distance
60 Kilometres

Full Itinerary

Mackay to Blacks Beach

If travelling from Mackay’s city centre, head North on the Bruce Highway past Northpoint Retail shopping area, and then turn right onto Mackay-Bucasia Road to head to Blacks Beach.

Take the opportunity to explore the various shopping centres along the way, to stock up on supplies for a day at the beach. Don’t forget to take plenty of water and sunscreen!

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Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 55 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Blacks Beach to Eimeo Beach

Follow Eimeo Road and head to a swimmers paradise at Eimeo Beach. Drive under a canopy of mango trees at Mango Avenue, a heritage-listed attraction that stretches between Whittles Lane and Heidke Street, forming a shaded canopy above the streetscape. Choose to picnic on the beach using the facilities on Eimeo Esplanade, or dine with incredible ocean views at a nearby hotel or resort.

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Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 7 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Eimeo Beach to Bucasia Beach

Continue your journey along the Mackay-Bucasia Road, and follow road sign directions along Downie Avenue to reach Bucasia Beach. Enjoy coffee and cake with a refreshing sea-breeze before burying your toes into the warm sand of Bucasia’s expansive beach.

Seaview Park on the Bucasia Esplanade provides facilities to freshen up and relax, including a barbecue, showers, toilets, picnic tables and a children’s playground.

For spectacular sunset views head to Shoal Point.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car, Walk
Distance 1 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Bucasia Beach to Shoal Point

To view a spectacular sunset over the rugged peaks of Cape Hillsborough, end your journey at Shoal Point. Barbecue facilities at O’Brien Esplanade Reserve provide a tranquil setting under majestic trees, overlooking the sparkling water. Enjoy a barbecue dinner while watching the sunset behind the tropical hinterland, and watch as an array of colourful parrots make their way home during twilight.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 1 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance
Shoal Point to Mackay

End your journey at Shoal Point. Barbecue facilities at O’Brien Esplanade Reserve provide a tranquil setting under majestic trees, overlooking the sparkling water. Enjoy a barbecue dinner while watching the sun set behind the tropical hinterland, and watch as an array of colourful parrots make their way home during twilight.

Head back to Mackay after a fantastic day visiting the beaches north of Mackay.

Route Details
Mode of Travel Bicycle, Car
Distance 57 kms
Route Type One Way
Level of Difficulty Level 1: Suitable for the disabled with assistance

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Conway Beach

Conway Beach, Whitsunday Area
Conway Beach is located on the southern Whitsunday Coast, approximately 30 minutes drive from Airlie Beach and Proserpine. A small hamlet, along with Wilsons Beach, Conway Beach is a popular spot for fishing and wind-powered sports such as kite surfing and land kiting.

Cannonvale Beach

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
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Situated just three kilometres to the west of Airlie Beach, on a north facing stretch of sand, is Cannonvale Beach. With a stinger net for safe swimming in the summer months, a children's playground, and a delightful cafe on the foreshore, Cannonvale Beach is a favourite spot for families to play.

Airlie Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
Airlie Beach is the vibrant hub of the Whitsundays and the ideal mainland base for fun and adventure in the Whitsundays. It is the perfect launching pad for activities on the water and in the lush, green rainforest of the Whitsunday Coast.

Airlie Creek Track, The

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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The 850 metre Airlie Creek Track slowly winds up the hill behind Airlie Beach along a gravel path, featuring rare flora and fauna such as the Whitsunday Bottle Tree and the endangered Proserpine Rock Wallaby which are only found in this region.

Boathaven Beach

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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It's not every day that a town gets a new beach, but Airlie Beach is proud to announce the opening of the brand new Boathaven Beach! Part of the new Port of Airlie development, Boathaven Beach is situated on the new peninsula known as The Beacons, and boasts 60,000 cubic metres of soft, white sand, a northerly aspect and is the area's first true all-tide beach.

Jubilee Pocket

Jubilee Pocket, Whitsunday Area
Tucked away in the hills of the Whitsunday mainland, Jubilee Pocket is just two minutes drive from the tourist haven of Airlie Beach on the road to Shute Harbour. Jubilee Pocket’s relaxed ambience and proximity to the tropical, seaside town of Airlie Beach has made it popular in recent years with sea-changers.

Shute Harbour

Shute Harbour, Whitsunday Area
Shute Harbour, near Airlie Beach, is a port facility for the transfer of visitors to the Whitsunday Islands and resort destinations. A small residential community, it commands outstanding views from most locations.

Conway National Park

Airlie Beach, Whitsunday Area
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Conway National Park is a peaceful coastal park with rainforest-clad hills, secluded beaches and panoramic outlooks over the scenic Whitsunday area. This park includes the rainforest-clad Conway Peninsula and protects the largest area of lowland tropical rainforest in Queensland outside Tropical North Queensland.

Cannonvale

Cannonvale, Whitsunday Area
Just three minutes to the west of the tourist hot spot of Airlie Beach you’ll find its quieter, less known, but just as beautiful cousin Cannonvale. A perfect place to base the family, Cannonvale is conveniently located close to all the sights and sounds the Whitsundays has to offer.
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