North Barrier

Mackay Harbour Beach

Mackay Harbour Beach is a relatively safe beach at high tide under normal wave conditions, however be careful at low tide as you will be a long way from the surf life saving club.

The main Mackay surfing beach begins on the south side of the harbour walls and runs for 4km to the rock training wall that lines the north side of the river mouth. This beach houses the Mackay Surf Life Saving Club.

The beach faces almost due east and is exposed to some of the biggest tides on the east Australian coast (up to 8m) and biggest waves inside the Great Barrier Reef lagoon, commonly 0.5 to 1m. As a consequence the beach has a 60m wide high tide beach which, as the tide falls, is fronted by a continuous low tide beach/bar up to 200m wide, with the chance of rips cutting across the bar at the low tide level.

Stay clear of the harbour walls, as a permanent rip runs out along the rocks.

Facilities

Bar
Barbecues
Beach Showers
Eatery
Parking
Patrolled
Toilets
Water Available

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The Mackay Surf Life Saving Club has a continuous history dating back to November 1949, with the Mackay Marina development necessitated a move to the current position, which opened in 2000.

Our clubhouse houses a restaurant and a range of other facilities, and is a testimony to the community and government support the club enjoys.

While the Mackay Surf Life Saving Club’s primary focus is to provide a safe bathing environment at Mackay’s Harbour Beach, our club also offers a range of activities and programs for members and affiliated clubs.

There is no need to be a champion swimmer to receive benefits from joining Mackay Surf Life Saving Club. Our programs and activities are aimed at a diverse range of ages, abilities and interests. We have a fantastic clubhouse right on the beach containing large changing rooms and showers, ski and board storage, patrol room, first aid room, canteen, a gym, office, air-conditioned training room and BBQ area.

Location

Mackay Harbour Beach
East Point Dve, Outer Harbour, Mackay, 4749

For more information, please contact:

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