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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Mitchell

Mitchell, Maranoa Area
Soaking in the soothing mineral springs at Mitchell is just one of the surprises that awaits you in this quaint town on the edge of the outback. Just 87 kilometres west of Roma via the Warrego Highway, Mitchell sits peacefully on the banks of the Maranoa River.

St George

St George, Balonne Area
From the moment you arrive to the time you leave, St George relaxes the senses in all the right ways. Perched on the banks of the mighty Balonne River, its just the place from which to explore the beautiful Balonne Shire.

Thargomindah

Thargomindah, Bulloo Area
Thargomindah provides the perfect launch pad for Cameron Corner – the point where three Australian states meet – the iconic Burke and Wills ‘Dig’ Tree at Cooper Creek and historic hotels at Noccundra and Hungerford.

Eulo Town Hole

Eulo, Paroo Area
Free Entry
The Eulo Town Hole is a fantastic fishing area in South West Queensland. Head west from Eulo on the Adventure Way and cross the Paroo River Bridge. The Eulo Town Hole features nature walks and heritage trails and is a leisurely stroll from the township.

Burke and Wills Dig Tree

Durham Downs, Maranoa Area
Free Entry
The Burke and Wills Dig Tree is one of Australia's National icons and an enduring reminder of the pioneering spirit and extreme harshness of the Outback. Nappa Merrie Station is proud to officially manage the site on behalf of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland.

Yowah

Yowah, Paroo Area
Yowah is ‘The Friendly Opal Field’ 165 kilometres west of Cunnamulla. It is the home of the Yowah Opal Nut and the Ironstone Matrix Opal, an opal type to be found only in this part of Queensland. Opal was first discovered here towards the end of the 19th century and production still continues.

Saddliers Waterhole and Hamburg Creek

Morven, Murweh Area
Free Entry
With a population of less than 250, Morven is thought to be named after a mountain and town of the same name in Scotland. Captain T.J. Saddlier and his wife arrived in the area in the 1860s and camped on a deep waterhole of nearby Hamburg Creek.

Dirranbandi

Dirranbandi, Balonne Area
En route to Hebel, stop for a coffee, a shop and a look around Dirranbandi, the town that marks the end of the South West rail line. As you enter town you'll pass by the levee bank, which is famous for having saved the town from flooding on more than one occasion.

Augathella

Augathella, Murweh Area
Augathella, with its fascinating history of bushrangers, bullockies and bullock teams, has some memorable Outback experiences. Don’t just drive through – stop and enjoy Augathella’s colourful history, characters and humour.

Cosmos Centre and Observatory

Charleville, Murweh Area
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Wow, Ooh ahh and Brilliant, are the words you hear as visitors view the incredible beauty of the Milky Way Galaxy, through the powerful Meade telescopes. Charleville's Cosmos Centre and Observatory is dedicated to ensuring visitors enjoy the wonder of the outback night sky.
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