Seaforth Esplanade Redevelopment

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PROJECT UPDATE:
The Seaforth Esplanade Redevelopment is now open. The hours of operation for the water play area are 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.

Some finishing touches to the initial works are still required. We wish to advise that the Changing Places facility is not yet in use and is awaiting accreditation from Changing Places.

Council thanks you for your patience and apologises for any inconvenience during this time.


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 has been 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.


This project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program in association with Mackay Regional Council.

Stay updated on this project 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.

PROJECT UPDATE:
The Seaforth Esplanade Redevelopment is now open. The hours of operation for the water play area are 8am to 6pm, 7 days a week.

Some finishing touches to the initial works are still required. We wish to advise that the Changing Places facility is not yet in use and is awaiting accreditation from Changing Places.

Council thanks you for your patience and apologises for any inconvenience during this time.


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 has been 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.


This project is proudly funded by the Queensland Government’s Works for Queensland Program in association with Mackay Regional Council.

Stay updated on this project 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.

Tell us what you think about the master planning document. You can upload your comments, images or even a YouTube link here.


CLOSED: The feedback period for the Master Planning document has closed. Feedback on the Recreation Hub is open until Sunday, September 13, 2020 at 11.59pm. Click here to comment on the Recreation Hub.

Master planning for an exciting upgrade of the Seaforth Esplanade is almost complete but you still have time to have your say, with feedback open until September 6 at 11.59pm.

Council has been releasing updates as planning for the site has progressed over the last six weeks via its Connecting Mackay website.

Council has also been working closely with the Hibiscus Coast Progress and Sports Association to make sure that everyone has had the opportunity to contribute their ideas and raise any concerns.

This document contains:

  • a summary of the planning constraints and opportunities identified for the site
  • a more precise statement of the planning objectives for each of the four focus topics – Recreation, Community, Environment and Connection
  • updated diagrams illustrating the strategies to provide more flexibility and better connection
  • additional notes helping the reader interpret the master planning diagrams.

We welcome feedback on the information posted here. Please tell us if we got it right, what we might have missed or even got wrong. Click the "Provide your Feedback" tab to make your comments.

Click here to download the Master Plan document.
Click here to read further details in the media release.

If you would like to comment on the Recreation Hub inspiration and ideas click here and go to the bottom of the page. 

Thank you for your input on the Seaforth Esplanade Master Planning.

Be notified when the draft master plan is released and receive planning updates. Subscribe to this project's update emails by clicking the Stay Informed button on the right of www.connectingmackay.com.au/seaforth-esplanade. You will receive an email afterwards asking you to confirm your subscription. 

Kind regards
Mackay Regional Council

CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

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    Public Art Installations

    by GeminiLion, over 3 years ago
    Provide public art installation which tells stories about the local history, environment, community. Get the local community involved where possible. The artworks can be interactive i.e. seating, tables, play equipment, power poles etc.

    Sculpture, murals, street art, interactive art etc

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    Walking and Cycling Track

    by dwatkinsdesigns, over 3 years ago
    I am 4th generation resident just retired. I walk the beach and streets every day.

    Would be great to have a walking track around the EXTERIOR of the Mango trees leading to the already beachfront track.. The shade that these trees provide is certaining amazing especially in summer when exercising can become quite hot.

    I see many older people with wheelie walkers having to walk on the bitumen roads, and young children cycling on the roads as well. A FLAT, SHADED AND SAFE PATHWAY would provide several purposes

    1. Walking

    2. Jogging

    3. Cycling

    4. Wheelchair or aged care walkers... Continue reading

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    Splash Prk

    by Kay Jackson, over 3 years ago
    I am a third generation living in Seaforth my whole life and I would hate to see any removal of the trees especially the mango trees and the coconut tree as they help protect the homes in the area from cyclones and I have been through a few the trees are definitely needed I would love to see a splash park to replace the wading pool maybe couple more barbecue in walk ways from the Caravan Park to the wedding pool enclosure to the Bowls Club and the toilets and bbqs upgraded But definitely against the removal of any trees... Continue reading
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    Can not believe you don’t put some power and water sites in the caravan park ??

    by Rpm, over 3 years ago
    Can not believe that you don’t put some power and water sites in the caravan park. A lot more vans would be there all year - not just in winter.
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    LEAVE OUR TREES!!!

    by Vynka, over 3 years ago
    Thank you for giving us the opportunity to make a difference and let our voices speak. Seaforth is a very unique seafront location. It is frequented by locals, those of the local community Mackay and district and those from other areas both near and far.

    The most beautiful part of our foreshore is the trees. They are what makes this place what it is. It gives us shade in the heat of summer and a place to sit, have a picnic or just amble through. The trees here not only provide shade for us humans but also give homes to... Continue reading

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    MAJESTIC HISTORICAL MANGO TREES

    by President Hibiscus Coast Progress and Sports Association, over 3 years ago
    As a committee we have been gathering more and more information from both residents and visitors who attend our Weekly and Mega Markets as well as attending meetings with business owners, Bowls Club and CWA and other associations.


    The most asked question is - Are they going to get rid of the Mango Trees that have been a Major drawcard to our town . The also have historical value to our town and the ancestry associated with them. They provide not only shade to the Market Stall holders but to all the people who gather and have a picnic, sit... Continue reading

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    Please Don't OVERDEVELOP Seaforth's natural charm

    by Concerned local resident, over 3 years ago
    By all means improve the toilet facilities. If the wading pool has reached its use by date, then remove it. Seaforth does not need fancy waterplay equipment. Most people come to appreciate the beach and to swim in the enclosure. It is important to keep up maintenance on the enclosure and to keep the reserves mowed regularly. If all these extra facilities are provided it will cost more to maintain when even now the reserves are not always mowed as regularly as they should be and the weed control is not great. We DO NOT WANT TO BE like the... Continue reading
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    Trees for shade, trees for the beach, trees for the turtles.

    by Queens Park Lover, over 3 years ago
    Please don’t miss the opportunity of improving the gorgeousbeach so it can be used by all, humans and animals like turtles.
    Plant local natives, allow for view framing so we get best of both worlds, vegetation and view. Replace coconuts with some lovely big natives that will protect and shade. Coconuts just cost ratepayers money to maintain.


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    Planning Update#3

    by Shero_25, over 3 years ago

    Great work in progress!

    Water play: Having this a nature based structure like Kershaw Gardens (Rockhampton) would stop it taking away from the scenery around.

    Playground: You mention all ages, so I'm hoping that means teenagers as well as a Skate Park would be ideal for them.

    Proposed Event Space: I'm sure you are aware of the drainage issues that this space has.

    Parking: Extra parking on the beach side of the proposed events space would be handy.

    Walkways: Great start but these need to be extended to Seaforth Creek and Finlayson's Point eventually.

    Exercise: Adult exercise equipment in... Continue reading

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    Lighting for nesting sea turtles

    by wayfarer whitings, over 3 years ago

    The proposed developments for the Seaforth area are exciting but please make sure that any lighting infrastructure is turtle friendly. With the lack of dune vegetation along the foreshore there have been problems with hatchlings getting disoriented and heading for the amenities block and into the park. Any lighting (new and old) needs to be looked at and adjustments made to ensure that the nesting and hatching turtles that visit the beach are safe and protected.

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