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McEwens Beach
Queensland
Population 202 (2016 census locality)
 • Density 14.23/km2 (36.9/sq mi)
Postcode(s) 4740
Area 14.2 km2 (5.5 sq mi)
Time zone AEST (UTC+10:00)
Location
LGA(s) Mackay Region
State electorate(s) Mirani
Federal Division(s) Dawson
Suburbs around McEwens Beach:
Bakers Creek Paget Coral Sea
Rosella McEwens Beach Coral Sea
Chelona Dunnrock Dunnrock

McEwens Beach is a coastal town and rural locality in the Mackay Region, Queensland, Australia. In the 2016 census the locality of McEwens Beach had a population of 202 people.

Geography

The locality is bounded to the east by the Coral Sea with a long sandy beach along the length of the coast, also known as McEwens Beach (21°15′09″S 149°12′23″E / 21.2526°S 149.2064°E / -21.2526; 149.2064 (McEwens Beach (beach))). The town of McEwens Beach is on the south-eastern coast facing Sandringham Bay (21°14′59″S 149°13′19″E / 21.2497°S 149.2219°E / -21.2497; 149.2219 (Sandringham Bay)).

The north-east of the locality is Bakers Creek Conservation Park (21°14′25″S 149°12′18″E / 21.2403°S 149.2049°E / -21.2403; 149.2049 (Bakers Creek Conservation Park)). The aim of the park is to protect the shore birds. This includes both the Australian beach stone-curlew which is deemed as vulnerable as well as migratory shore birds.

The town is a small residential area along the south-east coast, accessible via McEwens Beach Road. The area surrounding the town is undeveloped, being mostly marshland. The west of the locality is used to grow sugarcane while the middle of the locality is used for grazing on native vegetation.

There is a cane tramway in the west of the locality to transport the harvested sugarcane to the local sugar mill for processing.

History

The area was named as a township by the Queensland Place Names Board on 11 December 1980.

In the 2016 census the locality of McEwens Beach had a population of 202 people.

Amenities

The Mackay Regional Council operates a mobile library service on a fortnightly schedule at Aura Street.

McEwens Beach Reserve is a foreshore park to the south of the town (21°15′14″S 149°12′19″E / 21.2539°S 149.2054°E / -21.2539; 149.2054 (McEwens Beach Reserve)). There is an foreshore esplanade at the north of the town (21°14′57″S 149°12′26″E / 21.2491°S 149.2073°E / -21.2491; 149.2073 (Esplanade foreshore)).

Education

There are no schools in McEwens Beach. The nearest primary school is Chelona State School in neighbouring Chelona to the south-west. The nearest secondary school is Mackay State High School in Mackay to the north.

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