If you're looking for a destination that brings nature to life, then look no further than the Mackay Region. From beach-lounging wallabies at Cape Hillsborough National Park, to shy-but-oh-so-cute platypus in Eungella National Park
and secluded beaches that only a local would know, its got natural attractions on tap.
Art deco buildings, cute cafes and palm-tree lined streets make up the city heart of Mackay
, while nothing is more than a 20-minute drive away.
Beaches & Rainforest
- Slip on your deck shoes and settle in for an afternoon of tapas, cocktails and yacht-envy on the water at the Mackay Marina.
- Walk or ride the Bluewater Trail, taking you past the Pioneer River, botanic gardens, free man-made swimming lagoon and fishing platforms.
Those in the know have been exploring Eungella National Park for years, but there always something new to be discovered in Australia’s oldest and longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest.
Great Barrier Reef & Islands
- Pack a picnic and plunge into the cool fresh waters of Finch Hatton Gorge.
- Take your pick of the 31 beaches that surround Mackay.
- Catch all the action of events like the annual Mackay Beach Horse Races for a different spin on beach fun.
Weekends here are about jumping in the kayak, setting sail or packing the fishing rods and hiking gear and getting out to experience one of the Great Barrier Reef islands just offshore.
- Organise a charter boat to get you to Brampton Island, the Newry Island group or Cumberland Islands including Keswick and St Bees, to explore the walking trails, snorkel in waters teeming with coral and marine life, and camp blissfully disconnected from the world.
- Take a day trip Airlie Beach – just 1 ½ hours drive north of Mackay – to explore the beauty of the Whitsundays.