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.