Mackay’s Northern Beaches are part of the traditional lands of the Yuwibara people..

The Northern Beaches include the suburbs of Shoal Point, Bucasia, Eimeo, Dolphin Heads, Blacks Beach, Rural View and parts of Richmond.

Bucasia was occupied first in 1876 by the Reverend Father Pierre Bucas who purchased the land to establish an orphanage.

In the early 1930’s Bucasia, Eimeo and Blacks Beach became popular local holiday destinations.

The current rapid urbanisation of the Northern Beaches is a result of the mining boom from 2002 until 2013, where the majority of Mackay’s new urban growth has resulted in numerous new housing estates.


If current growth trends continue Northern Beaches will add an additional 10,673 residents by 2036. This represents growth of 53.6% over the next 18 years. The current growth pattern indicates Northern Beaches will be represented by working families with children and a higher concentration of empty nesters/retirees. Growth is being driven by new residential housing estates and the attractiveness for new residents to have a ‘beachside lifestyle’.
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