Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Dunes Harbour Beach located?

Dunes Harbour Beach is just 7 km from Mackay CBD and located on Sol Drive, at Harbour Beach. You enter the estate from Eastpoint Drive. The estate occupies the peninsula bordered by the Bassett Basin creek system, the Pioneer River and direct ocean frontage to Harbour Beach with walkable access to Mulherin Park and the nearby Mackay Surf Club.

What is planned for Dunes Harbour Beach?

Dunes Harbour Beach spans an expansive 57-hectare and seamlessly integrates a coastal community with planning for over 400 beachside homesites.

Our visionary development includes plans for a vibrant urban and tourism hub, with more than 35% of this community dedicated to open spaces, conservation areas, and scenic parklands, ensuring a harmonious blend of nature and modern living.

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 at Dunes expands, more public transport options will become available.

What services are available on site?

Dunes Harbour Beach 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?

Homesites at Dunes Harbour Beach will be constructed above the Q100 flood line of RL 5.4, meaning all homes at Dunes will be above flooding levels.

Is there gas available?

There are no gas services connected to 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’s, “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?

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.

Can I build a duplex home?

A duplex can be established in conjunction with compliance of the Housing Design Guidelines and the Mackay Region Planning Scheme. You can download Dunes’ Housing Design Guidelines here 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 Housing Design Guidelines.

Can I build a shed?

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

Do you have building covenants?

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

What measures are in place on street parking?

The Dunes Harbour Beach Housing 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?

Local amenities and services are nearby in the Mackay Marina Village, a short 2-minute drive from Dunes.

The heart of Mackay CBD is a close 10-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 centres within 15 minutes from Dunes.

What recreational facilities are nearby?

Harbour Beach is a favourite with locals and visitors alike. It’s home to the Mackay Surf Lifesaving Club which is seasonally patrolled.

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

The southern end of Harbour Beach near the mouth of the Pioneer River provides excellent fishing grounds. 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 Harbour Beach boasts excellent connectivity through a network of walking trails and bike paths. These pathways seamlessly link residential areas to the beach, the city, and existing routes along East Point Drive leading to the Mackay Marina and Breakwater.

Are there community activities and events?

Yes! For more information on our upcoming community activities and events, please visit our Community & Events page here.

Harbour Beach also serves as the backdrop for Mackay’s top events, such as the renowned Mackay Harbour Beach Horse Races and the scenic Mackay Marina Run, as well as showcasing iconic landmarks, from the Mackay Marina to the Big Banana and Bluewater Boardwalk.

Explore the vibrant events in Mackay here.

Is Dunes Harbour Beach dedicated to protecting the dunes and the turtles?


Harbour Beach is recognised a low-density sea turtle nesting area, which is why a comprehensive Turtle Management Plan has been put in place to ensure that any site development is carried out with utmost sensitivity. To safeguard this delicate ecosystem, Dunes Harbour Beach maintains a setback of approximately 85-100 meters from the shoreline, creating an environmental reserve buffer that will be dedicated to preservation, rehabilitation, and maintenance as a natural dune corridor. 37% of Dunes Harbour Beach estate is dedicated to rehabilitation & revegetation.

Furthermore, Dunes Harbour Beach has taken additional steps to protect the turtles within the established housing design guidelines. These guidelines encompass aspects such as lighting controls, window treatments, and other operational considerations, all aimed at minimising light spill over beach areas due to the sensitivity of turtle behaviours. These guidelines, in full alignment with the environmental significance of Harbour Beach, have been developed in conjunction with the necessary approvals obtained from the Department of Environment & Energy and the Mackay Regional Council. This collaborative approach helps to ensure the protection, rehabilitation, and preservation of the turtle nesting habitat in this area.

Do turtles nest on Harbour Beach?

Yes. Turtles do nest on Harbour Beach, with approximately 20 to 30 turtle nests found there each year during the nesting season, which runs from October to March.

To support these remarkable creatures, the Mackay & District Turtle Group leads a comprehensive program dedicated to research, education, protection, and the rescue of turtle nests, hatchlings, and turtles. If you’re interested in contributing to this important work as a volunteer or would like to learn more about the flatbed turtles join the Facebook Group ‘Mackay & District Turtle Watch Association’ or visit their website at

Important Notice: Please be aware that uncontrolled beach access by 4WDs and motorbikes, uncontrolled pets, and feral animals can cause habitat destruction and harm turtle nests, resulting in the loss of turtle hatchlings. To learn more about how you can help, visit the Mackay and District Turtle Watch website for valuable turtle education and information

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