Mackay beaches

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    THERE ARE 31 BEACHES TO EXPLORE IN THE MACKAY REGION: Photo courtesy of Tourism Queensland
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There are over 31 beaches to explore in the Mackay Region.

Less than 5 minutes drive from the city centre are Illawong, Far and Town Beaches. These beaches are a great place to witness the affect of Mackay's huge tides, which create sand banks that seem to go on for miles and miles.

Harbour Beach is a 10 minute drive north of the city and adjacent to the Mackay Marina. This is a popular spot for fishing and swimming.

Lamberts Beach is seasonally patrolled during school holiday. This spot sometimes gets a decent wave for surfing and also has a nice lookout to the Cumberland Islands.

Some of the city's best beaches are the Northern Beaches. These are about 15 to 20 minutes drive north of the city centre.

Be aware of box jellyfish and stingers in northern parts of Australia in summer months

During the summer months from October to May along the Northern Australian coastline certain varieties of jellyfish like the box jellyfish are present in the coastal waters and can cause very serious reactions if you are stung. It is advised that between these months you swim in the protected netted swimming areas or avoid swimming in the sea.

If bitten by a box jellyfish vinegar should be applied to the sting and seek medical attention immediately.

Do not swim in areas known to have crocodiles

Crocodiles can be found in fresh and salt-water locations in parts of Northern Australia and occasionally there are attacks on people. In many cases some basic rules and precautions would avoid such attacks. Swimming in most rivers, creeks, lagoons and in certain coastal waters is not recommended in this part of Australia. Also pay attention to any warning signs that may be posted in certain areas.

Bluewater Lagoon

This man-made lagoon is actually three lagoons in one, which overlooks the Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay's City Centre. The lagoon covers an area equivalent of three 50 metre swimming pools. It is free to use and provides a safe all-round stinger-free swimming environment.

32 River Street
Mackay, Queensland
Phone 1300 622 529