Things to See and Do

Take advantage of the laid-back lifestyle in Mackay and explore the natural attractions across the region up-close.

  • Cruise off the coast to one of the tropical islands or the Great Barrier Reef.
  • Charter a fishing boat and eat freshly caught fish for dinner.
  • Watch the sunrise while rubbing elbows with resident wallabies at Cape Hillsborough, where the rainforest meets the reef.
  • Hear the wind rustle through the fields of sugar cane heading west from the coast.
  • Walk through clouds in misty, mountainous Eungella or Finch Hatton Gorge and try to spot the elusive platypus.
Between the art deco architecture of the region’s namesake city and the endless variety of Mackay’s nature and wildlife it’s easy to find yourself lost in the surprises that Mackay serves up.

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Rainforest Scuba

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
Enjoy this world first experience diving in the rainforest in crystal clear waters where platypus live and play. Will you be one of the few in the water with a platypus in natural conditions? You will see at least four breeds of turtles and heaps of fish.

Keswick Island Day Trip

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
Join them to discover Keswick, the treasured island. Keswick Island is a truly natural wonderland - only a stone's throw from Mackay, it's a world of national parks fringed by white sands and coral reef bursting with vibrant marine life.

Hideaway Restaurant & Cafe

Sarina, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
Hideaway Restaurant and Café offer an all-day menu with a great variety of light meals through to superbly cooked steaks and local seafood. The restaurant is proud to use the best of local produce including local Barramundi caught in pristine water between Mackay and Bowen, Pork sourced from local producers, fresh fruit and vegetables from our region and much more.

Shamrock Hotel Mackay

West Mackay, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
The new Shamrock Hotel is the place in Mackay to dine out and catch up with great friends for any occasion. After undergoing an extensive renovation, the Shamrock Hotel boasts exceptional indoor and outdoor dining facilities, an extensive new menu with locally sourced premium produce, a six star gaming lounge, dedicated sports bar, lounge bar, terrace and four star accommodation.
Mackay was barely two years old when the first sugar cane was grown in Queensland and it didn't take long to realise that the fertile river plains of the Pioneer Valley were potential sugar growing fields.
Blessed with an abundance of breathtaking tropical shoreline, Mackay’s Northern Beaches are the perfect day-trip destination to soak up your fair share of sun, surf and sand. The Northern Beaches feature beautiful stretches of golden sand and warm waters to enjoy a dip in the ocean.

Travel the Mining Trail

Multiple Locations
From heritage-listed pubs to remnants of abandoned gold mining towns, the Isaac Region's mining corridor offers a fascinating treasure-trove of historical destinations. Head inland on the Peak Downs Highway, where the vivid red soil of the outback contrasts with the ‘black gold’ extracted from the region’s coal mines.

Bees on Keswick Island

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Keswick Island is home to thriving hives of purebred Caucasian bees. Unlike bees on the Australian mainland, these bees are free of many other diseases and are sometimes used as breeding stock for the mainland colonies.
Fuel up the car, buckle in the kids and explore more of the Mackay Region with this one day itinerary. Explore walking trails in Eungella National Park and spot a platypus surfacing in Broken River, find fun for the family with a waterfall walk in Finch Hatton and end with dinner in Mackay.

Follow the Platypus Trail

Multiple Locations
Have you ever wanted to see an Australian platypus in the wild? The Mackay Region offers the best and most reliable locations to see these unusual mammals swimming in rainforest creeks and rivers. Journey to Finch Hatton Gorge and Eungella National Park for a natural adventure the family will cherish.
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