Blacks Beach Mackay: The Best Beach in Mackay

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Blacks Beach is a great place for swimming, walking, fishing and beach sports. So, visit Blacks Beach Mackay today!

Things to Do at Blacks Beach


Take one look and it is hard to resist taking a swim in the majestic waters at Blacks Beach. But, from October to May, dangerous jellyfish are prevalent in Mackay and all of North Queensland. So wear a stinger suit when you go swimming.

And, as always slip, slop and slap.

The Box Jellyfish has a nearly transparent head (bell) that can be as large as 30cm across. And, it has up to 15 tentacles. Treat with vinegar and seek medical attention.

The Irukandji is tiny and you may not feel its sting. Yet, within 40 minutes you can get headaches, muscle pain, vomitting and sweating. Stings can be fatal. Treat with vinegar and seek medical attention.


Blacks Beach is Mackay’s longest beach, about 6 km long. So it is perfect for a walk at sunrise, sunset or even as a moonlight stroll. 

Walking on the beach is a wonderful way to relax your mind and exercise your muscles. It also helps you burn kilojoules, and is great for your back and spine.


Whiting, flathead and bream are caught off the Blacks Beach itself. Perhaps the best fishing spot in Mackay can be found at a point near the mouth of McReady’s Creek. Whiting from the beaches in Mackay come up to 500 grams, so about 8 will feed a family. From July – November, you can also catch Spanish Mackrel.

The best time to fish is on the in-coming or out-going tide and the best bait is fresh yabbies. However, you can also use prawns, worms and other bait available from Reception at our Park.

See the Queensland Government’s Recreational Fishing Rules.

Beach Sports

Popular water sports at this Mackay beach include kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing.

And Blacks Beach Qld beach is perfect for beach cricket and beach volleyball.

The Best Accommodation at Blacks Beach Mackay

We may be biased, but the best accommodation is the Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park.

At our Mackay holiday park, you can choose from luxury villa cabins, caravan sites and camping sites. Plus, we have glamping for camping in style.

But don’t just take our word for it.

An absolute gem smack bang on the beach. It isn’t a huge caravan park but that is what really helps ensure this place is a gem. Great sized sites, easy power and water connection, friendly staff and did I mention absolute beach front!! The rolling waves at night are so soothing. The pool is a good size and shaded with a smaller splash pad for littlies next to it. The camp kitchen is big and well set up and has everything you need. I have no negatives with this place and will 100% be back! Do yourself a favour and book now, you will not be disappointed.

Terry Vanes

Food & Drink

You can cook in your cabin or van. We also have a wonderful camp kitchen and barbeque areas, and there are BBQ facilities at Blacks Beach Park.

If you want a night off cooking, it is a hop, skip and a jump to the Blacks Beach Tavern. Their Bistro menu will satisfy any hunger. And, if it is a quick stop to grab lunch, their lunch special menu has plenty of cheap, good value and tasty options. A courtesy bus runs Wednesday to Sunday. For bookings phone: 49 444 800.

The Northern Beaches Bowls Club is a short drive from the Park. The Bistro is open every day for lunch and dinner. A courtesy bus is available every day Phone 49 548 677 for running times and bookings. Barefoot Bowls is available most days.

Visit the iconic Eimeo Pacific Hotel and enjoy the water views from an outdoor dining deck. Light cafe meals and a bistro menu are on offer daily. Phone 4954 6106 for bookings.

Eimeo Pacific Hotel


The suburb is named after Maurice Black, who ran The Cedars sugar plantation in Mackay. The plantation got its name from the thick Mackay Cedars growing there. He owned it from 1871 until he sold it in 1885.

After that, he bought another sugar plantation in Mackay called River Estate. That closed down in 1888 and he started selling off parts of the land to other owners.

Later Maurice moved to what is now called Blacks Beach, Mackay. He died in 1911.

Other Mackay Beaches

Illawong Beach

Illawong Beach is close to the heart of Mackay. When the tide goes out, you ca often see little blue soldier crabs scuttling across the sand.

Mackay Harbour Beach

The Mackay Harbour beach is the home of the Mackay Surf Club. Enjoy a beer and a bite on the surfclub verandah, or a BBQ in the adjacent park.

Lamberts Beach

Lamberts Beach is one of Mackay’s shortest beaches (about 500 m). Yet, it is popular with surfers and is as great as it gets for surfiing in Mackay.

Blacks Beach Mackay

In our biased opinion, Blacks Beach is best place to stay and play in all of Mackay. Who wouldn’t want to wake up to this view! !

Eimeo Beach

Eimeo Beach is home of the iconic Eimeo Pacific Hotel. Don’t miss out on seeing its amazing views of the Coral see and the Whitsunday islands.

Bucasia Beach

Bucasia Beach is one of the longer beaches in Mackay (about 4 km). And, with its soft sand is perfect for walks. It is also one of Mackay’s pet friendly beaches.

My Top 3

When staying at the Mackay Blacks Beach Holiday Park, I personally recommend:

  1. Lunch at the Eimeo Hotel
  2. Enjoying Blacks Beach itself
  3. Forest Flying for a unique experience