Welcome to the Mackay Region

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.
 
Mackay City
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
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.
 
  • 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.
 
Great Barrier Reef & Islands

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.

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BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park

Mackay, Mackay Area
  • Deals
From AU$30 - 150
BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park is situated two kilometres from Mackay Harbour Precinct and only four kilometres from the city centre. There's a good range of cabin, caravan and camping accommodation for your family and your furry friends. After a long drive sit on the verandah of one of the air conditioned Villas and watch the children play on the Jumping Pillow, or in the new water splash park, or just relax in the clear saltwater pool. All of the cabin accommodation is new or newly refurbished and a new waterpark complex, mini golf and tyre maze has been installed recently.

Broken River Mountain Resort

Eungella, Mackay Area
From AU$140 - 280
Spend the night with a platypus. Broken River Mountain Resort is an Eco-tourism establishment based at Eungella National Park in the hinterland of the Whitsundays and about 85 kilometres west from Mackay and is accessible on a sealed road. They aim to provide clean, comfortable accommodation and excellent meals for you whether you are seeking an unforgettable nature based experience or just to relax and rejuvenate in the mountains. The Resort also offers an up to date conference facility for groups of up to 50. The property is located on a riverbank overlooking a significant platypus habitat and is surrounded by pristine sub tropical rainforest. Accommodation is provided in self contained lodges featuring timber construction and equipped with all the creature comforts most of us have come to expect. The theme continues to the main lodge and restaurant where the emphasis is on uncomplicated dining in a tranquil atmosphere.

Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Resort

Bucasia, Mackay Area
From AU$30 - 45
Bucasia Beachfront Caravan Park offers an absolute beachfront location surrounded by natural parkland with miles of golden sandy beach right at your front door. Adjacent to a boat ramp and children's playground and walking distance to cafes, shops and public transport you are just minutes from the heart of Mackay, shops, restaurants and other entertainment. Set in a quiet tropical haven with natural parkland on one side and surrounded by beaches on the other, visitors are able to enjoy the best of all worlds - tranquility for those who want to relax, an abundance of activities for adventure seekers and just minutes from the city for those in search of shopping and entertainment. Mackay is the gateway to the Whitsundays. Brampton and Keswick Islands, for instance, are only half an hour by boat. This is a water sport paradise - sailing, canoeing, kite surfing, windsurfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, and of course, fishing are all available in the area.

Campwin Beach House Bed and Breakfast

Campwin Beach, Mackay Area
From AU$100 - 140
If you are looking for a beachside holiday Campwin Beach House Bed and Breakfast is your destination. Located just 35 kilometres south of Mackay and 13 kilometres east of Sarina, the self-contained, two bedroom guesthouse has everything you need to make your stay a pleasure. A short stroll down the side of your hosts home has you on the edge of the beautiful Coral Sea. Fishing (they supply the rods), crabbing, walking the amazing unspoilt beaches, eating oysters straight from the rocks, maybe spot a whale in migration season or perhaps some of the playful dolphins - all of this in your own front yard. Barbecue beachside or perhaps sleep in and enjoy your breakfast hamper at your leisure. Do as little or as much as you like in their piece of paradise.

Cape Hillsborough National Park Camping Ground

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
From AU$11.9 - 11.9
Basic camping is available at Smalleys Beach camping area, which can be reached via a signposted gravel road off Cape Hillsborough Road. This small camping area has picnic tables, toilets, town water and some sites suitable for caravans. Fires are permitted only in off-ground fire containers and within the camping area. Bring your own clean, milled timber. Fuel stoves are preferred and recommended. Fires are not permitted anywhere else in the park, including on the beaches. All campers must carry sturdy rubbish bags to remove all rubbish from the park. Generators are not permitted anywhere in the park. Camping permits are required and fees apply.

Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
From AU$29 - 210
Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park is a haven in an ecological setting, providing budget to mid-range accommodation and facilities. The resort fronts Casuarina Bay with National Park on three sides, creating a secluded environment where you can relax, go fishing, or take a walk in the National Park. Wildlife is abundant and more than 150 species of birds and dozens of butterflies can be observed. Wake to the sounds of nature. Enjoy peace and tranquillity, fresh air and a sky full of stars. Discover the delights of being 'far from the maddening crowd'. Laze on the beach or by the pool, set amongst lush tropical vegetation. Watch the birds make friends with wallabies and kangaroos, and share the evening with possums. Throw in a line, catch a crab or simply relax with a good book. For stress-free breaks, bird watchers, nature lovers, photographers and artists, family getaways, paradise is within easy reach at Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park.
From AU$11.9 - 11.9
Cape Palmerston National Park is one of the few remaining areas of natural coastline in the Mackay area. Windswept headlands, rainforest, swamps and sand dunes are shadowed by the imposing peak of Mount Funnel. Middens throughout Cape Palmerston are a reminder of the special connection Indigenous people have with this place. Camping permits are required and fees apply. A camping tag with your booking number must be displayed at your camp site.

Carmila Sands Motel

Carmila, Isaac Area
  • Free WiFi
From AU$95 - 125
Now open Carmila Sands Motel offers clean, comfortable accommodation. Motel consists of 10 nicely appointed rooms all with air conditioning, 42 inch television, tea and coffee,ensuite , large fridges, undercover parking, boat and trailer parking. Also guests can enjoy a swim in the eco freshwater pool. The motel also has guest laundry, barbecue facilities or room service meals. Free wifi is also included. The motel is a short walk to the nearby Carmila hotel or a short drive down to the beach where great fishing and crabbing can be experienced.

Central Tourist Park

North Mackay, Mackay Area
From AU$75 - 75
Located approximately two kilometres from the Mackay City heart, The Central Tourist Park offers budget accommodation from van and camp sites with campers kitchen, through to self contained air conditioned villas. Van and tent sites are offered at discount rates for weekly stays. All villas have parking adjacent to each unit. Free wi-fi is also provided, along with their 80 foot pool surrounded by swaying palms and free barbecues. The park is situated within walking distance to nearby shops which include a supermarket, post office, bakery, service station, butcher, Subway, newsagency, doctors and pizza. Situated on an historical land site, the Central Tourist Park is your home away from home.

Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina

Mackay Harbour, Mackay Area
  • Free WiFi
  • Deals
From AU$189 - 299
The Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina is considered as Mackay's premier hotel. Located on the relaxing waterfront setting of the picturesque Mackay Marina, the hotel is only a short drive from Mackay's city centre and 20 minutes from Mackay Airport and is Mackay's only hotel with marina views over the tropical blue waters of the Coral Sea. The hotel provides a selection of high quality accommodation rooms, from Superior Deluxe Suites through to Executive Suites and Superior Spa suites. All rooms are superbly appointed with all the modern conveniences you would expect to make your stay as relaxing and comfortable as possible. The Mackay Marina is also right on the doorstep providing a choice of bars, cafes and restaurants . Harbour Beach is also just a short stroll providing long stretches of golden, sandy beaches. The hotel provides a range of excellent guest services that have built a strong reputation with business travellers and holiday makers.
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