We're developing a master plan for Seaforth Esplanade

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Council is planning improvements to Seaforth Esplanade and are in the process of preparing a master plan to guide future development of this key beachfront area.

The idyllic 5.77ha Seaforth Esplanade Reserve boasts beautiful ocean views and open spaces. It is a sought-after destination for residents of Seaforth and surrounding areas, along with visitors from within the Mackay region and beyond.

In partnership with the community, our aim is to transform the Seaforth Esplanade into a vibrant recreational asset to better service the needs of residents, as well as those lucky enough to be staying at the popular camping grounds or visiting the regular weekend markets held onsite.

Preparing a master plan for the park is the initial step and will be used to guide the esplanade’s future development.

Over the coming weeks, we will be providing information about the investigations currently underway. These will identify the unique qualities and aspects that make Seaforth Esplanade so special and which need to be safeguarded into the future.

We will also be suggesting opportunities for improvements including; proposals for new playground facilities and incorporating some type of water play to replace the existing aged equipment and wading pool.

We invite you to have your say on the proposal before finalising this phase of the project.

Your feedback on the planning updates, master planning documents and Recreation Hub can help to create a long-term vision.

Feedback on the master planning document is open to Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 11.59pm.
Click here to provide your master planning document feedback.

Feedback on the Recreation Hub ideas is open to Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11.59pm.
See below to provide your Recreation Hub feedback.

Stay updated on this project's progress by subscribing to its project update emails. Click the Stay Informed button on the right of this page. You will receive an email afterwards asking you to confirm your subscription.


Council is planning improvements to Seaforth Esplanade and are in the process of preparing a master plan to guide future development of this key beachfront area.

The idyllic 5.77ha Seaforth Esplanade Reserve boasts beautiful ocean views and open spaces. It is a sought-after destination for residents of Seaforth and surrounding areas, along with visitors from within the Mackay region and beyond.

In partnership with the community, our aim is to transform the Seaforth Esplanade into a vibrant recreational asset to better service the needs of residents, as well as those lucky enough to be staying at the popular camping grounds or visiting the regular weekend markets held onsite.

Preparing a master plan for the park is the initial step and will be used to guide the esplanade’s future development.

Over the coming weeks, we will be providing information about the investigations currently underway. These will identify the unique qualities and aspects that make Seaforth Esplanade so special and which need to be safeguarded into the future.

We will also be suggesting opportunities for improvements including; proposals for new playground facilities and incorporating some type of water play to replace the existing aged equipment and wading pool.

We invite you to have your say on the proposal before finalising this phase of the project.

Your feedback on the planning updates, master planning documents and Recreation Hub can help to create a long-term vision.

Feedback on the master planning document is open to Sunday, September 6, 2020 at 11.59pm.
Click here to provide your master planning document feedback.

Feedback on the Recreation Hub ideas is open to Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11.59pm.
See below to provide your Recreation Hub feedback.

Stay updated on this project's progress by subscribing to its project update emails. Click the Stay Informed button on the right of this page. You will receive an email afterwards asking you to confirm your subscription.

We welcome your comments on the ideas for the Seaforth Esplanade Recreation Hub

CLOSED: The feedback period for the Recreation Hub has closed. 

Some of the components of the Recreation Hub will include: 

  • updating the park’s playground facilities
  • a small contemporary-style water play feature which is proposed to replace the aged wading pool.

Here is a snapshot. Click here to see more ideas. 

Recreation Hub feedback is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11.59pm. Please provide your feedback below.

Please keep all current trees as it would be fantastic for shade, families love having picnics and picking mangoes.. . Keep the paddling pool the kids love it and we loved it growing up. Would be nice to see the park get a make over, one for younger and older kids, bring back the train and some shade sails also with seats for parents to sit down and some bins for rubbish.Nice walking paths for the children to ride scooters/bikes and for the older people to walk, I do see alot of older people walking their wheelie walkers on uneven grounds. Would also be nice for the council to actually maintain and clean the public toilets & the camping ground amenities (went camping @ Seaforth and the bathrooms were so unhygienic)

AshG 14 days ago

Would be fantastic to see something similar to the Mildura water play area that incorporates the beach theme and provides a shallow area to play under water features and perhaps a water playground which then gradually becomes a bit of a wading pool similar to the bluewater lagoon but shallow enough for older kids, perhaps separated by the water playground to keep different age groups in their area for water safety. The trees in the park and camping areas are beautiful and would like to see them stay, additional native tree planting along the foreshore would be good to see with some covered picnic table and bbq areas along that area and into the parkland for use, similar to the ones at Mky Harbour. A great playground would be good to see, something that caters for varying agegroups with some smaller equipment snd slides for the little ones and bigger tube slides, climbing obstacles for the older kids. Would be great to see the public bathroom facilities on the foreshore and in the camping grounds upgraded also, having something close to the playground and water play areas is a must. Plenty of shaded areas along the foreshore would also be great to see.

DalyK 15 days ago

Please keep the exisiting waddling pool however adding a water park would be great! Sprinklers, Mini slides etc. Need plenty of shade for parents and also seating. Please bear in mind the the pool caters for everyone. You shouldn’t remove it and just add a water park for toddlers! Needs to suit every age!!

Nic_maree 18 days ago

Please keep the exisiting waddling pool however adding a water park would be great! Sprinklers, Mini slides etc. Need plenty of shade for parents and also seating. Please bear in mind the the pool caters for everyone. You shouldn’t remove it and just add a water park for toddlers! Needs to suit every age!!

Nic_maree 18 days ago

Mackay council please build the biggest play ground possible. Plenty of shaded tables and bbq areas. This will attract families for day trips and holidays from not only mackay and surrounding areas.

Rohan 19 days ago

I would love to see nature based play. Rocks for the children to climb on, flowing streams, sand, bridges... I would also like to offer my services as an artist. For some beautiful murals. Get a group of local artists together and let us create some unique magic on the toilet block walls ect

KylieF 19 days ago

More playground equipment is a must, children just wanna play as much as they can. Which also gives parents time to enjoy the surroundings and maybe spend some money in the area.And leave the trees please, it adds to the tropical vibe of the region for tourism. If anything more native tree plantings will be perfect for tourists and locals..

dmt4920 22 days ago

Could you please keep as many of the trees as possible, we would be so disappointed to see the old large trees cut down, people love to picnic under them and families collect the mangoes in the season and there is a lot of history attached to them. Love the natural themes suggested. Thank you.

SS 23 days ago

Can the water park area please be nature based without all the bright color leave that for the playground. Kershaw Gardens Rockhampton have nailed it, with flowing creek beds and dams that fill and release. IF we want it ocean based we can have Rivers/Creeks flowing into tidal pools but keep it natural looking like the real thing, so much more interesting than fake colours.

Shero_25 24 days ago