Seaforth and nearby Halliday Beach are two pristine beaches located 50 kilometres north of Mackay. Both have stinger-resistant nets. Largely untouched beaches, they are very popular with visitors and locals for their picnic and barbecue areas dotted along the foreshore. The trip to Seaforth takes you past beautiful and mountainous countryside.
Today sugar and tourism are thriving industries for Seaforth. the township offers all vital services including two multi-purpose stores that sell fuel, bait, take away food, souvenirs and supplies. Other facilities include a bowls club, public swimming enclosure, nearby public toilets, and a well maintained caravan and camping area located directly on the beach.
Professional swimmer, vaudeville, filmstar, and writer Annette Marie Sarah Kellerman called Seaforth her home for many years, splitting her time between both Seaforth and Hollywood. It is said she use to swim from Newry to the mainland every day and get a lift back with the local fishermen. Kellerman was one of the first women to wear a one-piece bathing costume, instead of the then accepted pantaloons, and inspired others to follow her example. She is also often credited for creating synchronized swimming. On top of all that she was the first major actress to ever do a nude scene in A Daughter of the Gods.
The Seaforth and Halliday Bay stinger enclosures are the safest location in the summer stinger season, otherwise the beaches are relatively safe with usually low waves. However, stay clear of the deep Plantation Creek channel and tidal currents. Fishing is best off the rocks or in Plantation Creek. There is a good all-tide boat ramp at Port Newry, at the back of Seaforth.
Seaforth is an older beachfront settlement that has long been popular with people in the Mackay district. It retains much of its early character with many older style beach houses and the old beach tidal pool. It is now growing in popularity and at Seaforth and elsewhere in the area, new residential and holiday developments are occurring. The settlement lies 22 km off the Bruce Highway and consists of a few rows of houses, a large beachfront caravan park and a long, grassy foreshore reserve. There are also a couple of stores and a service station, all located on the 200 m wide, low, sandy foredune ridges that back the beach. Seaforth Beach is 5 km long and runs south from Finlayson Point, then curves around to finally face north at the mouth at Plantation Creek, which forms the southern boundary.
North and South Red Cliff Island stand offshore from Finlayson Point. 500 metres of sand and rock flats connect Finlayson Point to the islands. During World War II a small training base was set up in Seaforth. The goal was to teach navigation to aid in the war effort. They set up several armaments on North Red Cliff Island. All that s left now is an unmovable bolt in the ground and the make-shift road that can be used to walk out to the islands at low tide. The walk starts off at the Northern tip of Seaforth beach and then follows an old stone road out to the islands.
South Red Cliff Island
Seaforth is on the Hibiscus Coast, a relatively small stretch of coast to the north of Mackay is an area of relatively isolated beaches backed by fertile sugar fields and unique mountain formations. It s a 93 kilometre stretch of remarkably diverse landscapes that run from Farleigh (20 km north of Mackay) to the cordial coastal town of Midge Point. One of the main attractions along this route is the spectacular 816 hectare National Park of Cape Hillsborough.
Nestled into the coastline where the rainforest meets the ocean, this area is well-known for the wallabies that come down to the long sandy beaches each morning at sunrise, its wonderful short walks, whale watching from either Twin Beach or Turtle Lookout, and its rugged coastline. Nearby Victor Creek provides access to Rabbit Island as well as popular Newry Island. Continue north through the rolling landscape and lush cane fields and stop in at Kuttabul, Mt Ossa, Calen, St Helen s and Midge Point before arriving at the northernmost point in the Mackay region Laguna Whitsundays. Here, day-trippers are welcome to one of Australia s greatest golfing treasures at Turtle Point Golf Club.
Cape Hillsborough is one of the most scenic mainland locations on the central Queensland coast; it features rock-strewn, sandy beaches, hoop pine-dotted hillsides plunging towards the sea, subtropical rainforest and mangrove-fringed wetlands. But what visitors like best is the rare treat of viewing wallabies on the beach around sunrise or late evenings. They go down to the water's edge to nibble seed pods that have been washed up onto the beach overnight.