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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