Thursday, August 31, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
The weather is getting warmer, which means it’s time to get outside and bask in the beautiful north Queensland spring. With 31 beautiful beaches surrounding Mackay so no matter what side of town you’re on, you’re never too far from a beach.
Be wary when swimming, though, as stinger season approaches, generally running during the warmer months from October to May. Make sure to wear a stinger suit when swimming to be completely safe.
Blacks Beach is a serene coastal gem known for its stunning natural beauty. With its golden sands, crystal-clear waters, and surrounding lush vegetation, it offers a peaceful escape for beachgoers and nature enthusiasts alike. The beach's tranquil ambiance and scenic charm make it a hidden paradise worth exploring.
Around 20 minutes north of the CBD, Bucasia Beach is one of the longest and most picturesque beaches in the region. The beach is popular for walking, swimming and fishing. The soft, white sand feels amazing underfoot so make sure to kick off your shoes and go for a wander.
Lamberts Beach, located at Slade Point, is a seasonally patrolled beach popular among surfers when the swell is right. It’s a great spot for swimming, exploring and relaxing in the sun. To the south of the beach is Slade Point Reserve where a network of sandy bush walks among the dunes are waiting to be discovered.
The lookout above is the perfect spot to take in the view over the beach and the coastal waters of the Great Barrier Reef, and you’re likely to spot whales migrating past during this time of year. To the left of the lookout, you’ll find a rock pool. Locally known as the 'wishing well', the rock pool is a great spot for photos, and you might spot a critter or two.
A true tropical paradise, Eimeo is a favourite among locals. Driving under the canopy of heritage-listed mango trees at Mango Avenue foreshadows something special. Volunteer lifeguards seasonally patrol this sheltered bay of pure blue water and powder-soft sand, ensuring a safe and relaxing time on the beach.