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Coal loaders at Hay Point
Hay Point is located in Queensland
Hay Point
Hay Point
Location in Queensland
Population 1,348 (2016 census)
 • Density 54.14/km2 (140.2/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4740
Area 24.9 km2 (9.6 sq mi)
LGA(s) Mackay Region
State electorate(s) Mirani
Federal Division(s) Capricornia
Localities around Hay Point:
Alligator Creek Coral Sea Coral Sea
Alligator Creek Hay Point Coral Sea
Alligator Creek Grasstree Beach Coral Sea

Hay Point is a coastal locality in Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia. It contains two towns, Hector on its north coast (21°16′37″S 149°16′12″E / 21.2769°S 149.27°E / -21.2769; 149.27 (Hector, Queensland)) and Half Tide on its south coast (21°17′50″S 149°17′31″E / 21.2972°S 149.2919°E / -21.2972; 149.2919 (Half Tide)). In the 2016 census, Hay Point had a population of 1,348 people.


In 2003–4, 77 million tonnes of coal was exported through the two terminals. This makes Hay Point (including Dalrymple bay) one of the largest coal ports in the world.

With a tidal range of 7.4m (the highest on the east coast of Australia), Hay Point has potential for electricity generation via tidal power.

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