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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Where is Dunes Harbour Beach located?

Dunes Harbour Beach is located at the Harbour Beach end of Eastpoint Drive and occupies the peninsula bordered by Bassett Basin creek system, the Pioneer River and direct ocean frontage to Mulheirn Park and the nearby the Mackay Surf Club.  

What is planned for Dunes Harbour Beach?

Dunes will uniquely combine coastal residential living with urban hubs, tourist nodes and recreational facilities within to create an active and relaxed life by the sea.

  • Over 35% of the community is committed to open space, conservation, and parkland, to ensure Dunes remains a pristine destination for years to come.
  • An estimated 385 homesites will be home to approximately 1200 residents.
  • 15 hectares will be dedicated to tourism for overnight/temporary accommodation.
What public transport is available?

TransLink bus route 304 currently operates a service from Caneland Central to Mackay Harbour.  From this stop Dunes Harbour Beach is a short walk away.  As the community in Dunes expands, more public transport options will become available.

What services are available on site?

Dunes is serviced by underground electrical, sewer, water and telecommunication networks.  Provision has been made to service Dunes with NBN connection.

Does Dunes Harbour Beach flood?

Lots at the Dunes will be constructed above the Q100 flood line of RL 5.4, meaning all lots at the Dunes will be above flooding levels.

Is there gas available?

There are no gas services connected to the Dunes. To find out more information about your options, please call us on 1300 130 554.

When did construction commence?

Construction of Dunes Harbour Beach commenced March 2020 on Stage One, “Sol Precinct” with delivery completed in June 2021.  This precinct included the main entry plaza road, beachside and beachfront residential homesites, beachside community square with lush landscaped open space to fit within the coastal environment maximizing the ocean views.

Who maintains the landscaping and parks throughout Dunes Harbour Beach?

Landscaping and parks will be initially maintained by the developer (Urbex), and after a duration of two years, responsibility will be passed to Mackay Regional Council for future maintenance.

What size allotments are made available for sale?

The first release of homesites within the Sol Precinct are sized from 300m2 to a spacious 742m2.  For current and future land release enquiries we recommend registering your interest on our website. All registered members will be the first notified of updates and future land releases.  Call 1300 130 544 for all enquiries.

Housing

Can I build a duplex home?

A Duplex can be established in conjunction with compliance of the Residential Design Guidelines and the Mackay Region Planning Scheme. You can download Dunes Residential Design Guidelines or call 1300 130 554 and we will connect you with the relevant contacts.

What is the building time frames?

Construction is expected to commence within two years of settlement and completed within 12 months of commencement of the build.  For more information about building at Dunes, refer to our Residential Design Guidelines.

Are there house and land packages available?

House and land packages will be available at Dunes. Stay tuned for updates.

Can I build a shed?

Yes, a shed can be established in conjunction with compliance of the Building Covenant and Residential Design Guidelines. You can download Dunes Residential Design Guidelines or call 1300 130 554.

Do you have building covenants?

Yes, the Building Covenant and Residential Design Guidelines provide direction on all site developments and building requirements. These documents are available on our website under building for easy quick download.

What measures are in place on street parking?

The Dunes – Harbour Beach Residential Design Guidelines promote establishment of double garage homes (inclusive for small lot situations).  Additionally, the design requirements ensure a level of on-site carparking is catered for. 

Are there any convenience stores and amenity?

Yes, future stages in the Sol Precinct have planned convenience stores, restaurants and specialty shops designed to accommodate urban living.

In addition, The Mackay Surf Life Saving Club is walking distance from the Dunes with local amenities and services currently located in nearby Mackay Harbour Marina, a short 2 minute drive from Dunes.  

The heart of Mackay CBD is a close 9-minute drive and offers a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and central shopping precincts with major supermarkets such as Woolworths and Coles.

What education facilities are nearby?

There are plenty of education facilities near Dunes Harbour Beach. Mackay North State School, located 12 minutes from Dunes, welcomes students from prep to year 12. Emmanuel Primary School, located 15 minutes from Dunes, is a co-educational school for students from prep to year 6. In addition to the primary and secondary learning establishments, there is several high-quality early learning Centre’s within 15 minutes from Dunes Harbour Beach.

Recreational, Educational, Retail & Commercial Facilities

Are there any convenience stores and amenity?

Yes, future stages in the Sol Precinct have planned convenience stores, restaurants and specialty shops designed to accommodate urban living.

In addition, The Mackay Surf Life Saving Club is walking distance from the Dunes with local amenities and services currently located in nearby Mackay Harbour Marina, a short 2 minute drive from Dunes.  

The heart of Mackay CBD is a close 9-minute drive and offers a variety of shops, cafes, restaurants, bars and central shopping precincts with major supermarkets such as Woolworths and Coles.

What education facilities are nearby?

There are plenty of education facilities near Dunes Harbour Beach. Mackay North State School, located 12 minutes from Dunes, welcomes students from prep to year 12. Emmanuel Primary School, located 15 minutes from Dunes, is a co-educational school for students from prep to year 6. In addition to the primary and secondary learning establishments, there is several high-quality early learning Centre’s within 15 minutes from Dunes Harbour Beach.

What recreational facilities are nearby?

Future recreational nodes have been ear marked within the Dunes Master Plan to accommodate future park and recreational facilities. 

Harbour Beach is a favourite beach with locals and visitors and home to Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club which is seasonally patrol. 

There are two nearby park areas with playgrounds, shaded picnic tables and barbecue facilities and public toilets.

The southern end of Harbour Beach near the mouth of the Pioneer River provides excellent fishing grounds and the beach is also pet friendly however dogs are required to remain on their lead. 

Adjacent to Harbour Beach is Mackay Harbour Breakwater, offering multiple fishing locations. Jew, Mackerel, Trevally, Bream and Tuna are all caught near the harbour waters.

What tourism nodes will be at Dunes Harbour Beach?

Future tourism nodes have been earmarked to include the following facilities:

  • Boutique Hotel & Accommodation
  • Restaurants & Retail Specialty Shops
  • Short Term Accommodation Options
Are there walking trails?

Dunes is well connected with walking trails and bike paths, including pathways connecting homesites with direct beach access for walks along the beach, the development to the city and existing pathways along East Point Drive to Mackay Harbour Marina and breakwater.

Are there community activities and events?

Within the Sol precinct there is a proposed waterfront community space which will provide the ideal setting for outdoor markets, events and social gatherings.

Harbour beach hosts some of Mackay’s premium events, the Mackay Harbour Beach Horse races, combining the thrill of the races with the fun and sun of the beach.

Stay tuned for upcoming events and activities within Dunes.

Did you know?

37% of The Dunes is dedicated to rehabilitation & revegetation!

As Harbour Beach is recognised as a low-density sea turtle nesting beach, a Turtle Management Plan has been established to ensure site development is sensitively implemented. Dunes is setback approximately 85-100m from Harbour Beach via an environmental reserve buffer which will be protected, rehabilitated, and maintained as a natural dune corridor. 

Turtle protection measures in accordance with design guidelines have been established to maintain and respect the environmental significance of Harbour Beach in conjunction with approvals obtained from the @Department of Environment & Energy, and @Mackay Regional Council.

Lighting controls, window treatments and other operational issues to minimise light spill over beach areas, are to be adopted

Turtles nest on Harbour Beach

There are approx. 20 -30 turtle nests located on Harbour Beach each year. 

The turtle nesting season is October to March. 

Mackay & District Turtle Group are leading a program focused on research, education, protection, rescue of turtle nests, hatchlings and turtles.  Volunteers are always welcome and if you want to get involved.  Join the Facebook Group: @Mackay & District Turtle Watch Association Visit the website: https://mackayturtles.org.au/support-us/

ALERT: Nesting habitat destruction (uncontrolled beach access by 4WD’s and motorbikes, uncontrolled pets and feral animals) causes damage to nests resulting in loss of turtle hatchlings.  To learn more, visit the Mackay and District Turtle Watch to learn more about what you can do to help.   Turtle Education | Mackay and District Turtle Watch (mackayturtles.org.au)