Grasstree Beach is one of the most picturesque and beautiful beaches in the Mackay Region, located within a 15 minute drive from Sarina.
Nestled in sheltered Zelma Bay, the shallow beach is a popular swimming destination although it is not patrolled. It is fringed by a large grassy recreational area, complete with public toilets, picnic tables and a children's playground.
With nearby reefs, islands and creeks, fishing is plentiful either by boat or straight off the beach near the creek mouth. There are boat ramps on both sides of Cabbage Tree Creek with the Grasstree Beach boat ramp.
Grasstree Beachfront Shacks consists of two units "The Den" and "The Writer's Retreat"
"The Writer's Retreat" is located upstairs, beachfront and a perfect example of old beach shack charm renovated to modern appeal and inclusive of a balcony with sensational ocean views.
Recent renovations have left the 2 bedroom guest house with a clean modern feel. Fully self contained, having access to a shared laundry this is unit for those that like their privacy while having some amazing ocean views from every aspect within the unit. There are carports and ample parking available for boats and cars.
Grasstree Beach has an enviable reputation for a secluded and tranquil beach where listening the waves is a pastime for those locals when sitting on the balcony at night.
Both units are fully air-conditioned and have ceiling fans to help in summer and reverse cycle air conditioning available to heat during winter months. Modern kitchens and bathrooms with an open plan layout so families can enjoy time together regardless whether you are at the kitchen, dining table, lounge or balcony all while taking in a view of the ocean from almost every window in the unit.
Situated central on the beachfront the guest houses are literally within a stone's throw of the beach and playground. Grasstree Beach boat ramp provides a boat launching area within minutes from the shacks and all importantly you don't have to leave home to see whether the weather is good. Lounge rooms and master bedrooms look directly out across the lawns to the beach and there is hardly a spot in the guest houses that you can not see the ocean and much of the picturesque crescent shaped Zelma bay.
For those familiar with Grasstree Beach they will understand its popularity as the playground fills on the weekends with families that enjoy the facilities. These within 50m of the guest houses and able to watch the kids there while sitting out on the deck. At night the crowds dissipate and Grasstree takes on its traditional beachfront appeal as any traffic gives way to the tranquility of the night with the sound of waves crashing on the foreshore. Gentle breezes create nights where you can fall asleep in the main bedroom greeted by sea air and the sound of the ocean
Fishing and fun for the kids
Children are easy to entertain with the beach throwing up endless options to get out and about. The difficulty being the task of keeping up with them as Grasstree has a lot of beach and park area to enjoy and you will regularly see parents out with kids riding their bikes around the Esplanade. The playground is a hit with the younger ones and if you get out and about for a walk and a bit of exploring you can find that there is many quiet bays that exist to the north of Grasstree with a maze of tracks to walk around. The south end of Grasstree is flanked by the creek which is an easy way to amuse children if it involves a bit of fishing or throwing a cast net for some prawns which are regularly found at certain times of the year.
The summer months may bring the warmer weather but with that comes the beach culture and all that it has to offer. Guest houses have air conditioning in all rooms which can come in handy for those days where the refuge from the heat is needed in the middle of the day. The creek has loads of accessible spots to fish, boats can access the calmer waters of Zelma bay, nearby bays and Victor Island via the boat ramp with the exception of low tide. For the more adventurous when the weather is permitting there is off shore options that include the islands that sit out from Sarina such as Irving, Cullen and Prudhoe. Closer to Grasstree there is many rocky outcrops and reef areas which often produce the better fish if you are willing to spend time sounding them out. Mackerel run off Sarina at select times of the year and you will be able to see them thrashing through the baitfish as them come right into Zelma bay, the leads, and the rocks on the northern side of the bay.