The Mackay Region | 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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Finch Hatton Gorge

Finch Hatton, Mackay Area
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A wonderful landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations make Finch Hatton Gorge a must-see attraction. There are many walking tracks which weave through sub-tropical rainforest.

Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, The

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A wonderland of waterfalls, refreshingly cool rainforest and the chance to see a platypus in the wild awaits in Eungella National Park. Australia's longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest, Eungella, (pronounced young-ge-lah), is a must-see attraction.

Artspace Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Discover the arts and culture of the Mackay region when you visit Artspace Mackay, the regional art gallery and museum in the centre of the city. This architecturally award winning building provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the people and history of Mackay through the Spirit and Place:

Sarina Sugar Shed

Sarina, Mackay Area
There is no greater story in Australia's history than that of Australia's sugar cane industry. This story is ideally showcased, for visitors of all ages, at the Sarina Sugar Shed where you can "take the tour and taste the action".

Big Cane Toad

Sarina, Mackay Area
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His scientific name is Bufo Marinus, but the locals have nicknamed him 'Buffy'. Situated in the town centre of Sarina, approximately 35 kilometres south of Mackay, Buffy is a large Cane Toad statue. It was originally crafted out of paper mache in 1983 to become a float for a sugar festival.

Blissful Northern Beaches

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A selection of the Mackay region's most popular beaches can be found dotted throughout Mackay's Northern Beaches. Serene beachside communities with enviable coastlines and carefree lifestyles. Sublime sandy shores, sparkling blue water and the fact that these beaches are usually quiet are what attracts visitors to experience the peaceful nature of these communities.

Cape Palmerston National Park

Ilbilbie, Isaac Area
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Cape Palmerston National Park features sandy dunes, unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres. The park's beaches and inland roads are accessible only by four-wheel-drive vehicles.

Bluewater Trail Public Art

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One of the most significant public art developments in Australia can be experienced in The Mackay Region. The Bluewater Trail Public Art display consists of six installations by Queensland artist, Fiona Foley.

Lake Barfield

Hay Point, Mackay Area
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Lake Barfield is located between the bustling beachside communities of Half Tide and Salonika Beach, near the Hay Point Coal Terminal. It is a small, picturesque lake which provides peaceful waters for a variety of fish, bird and animal life.

Art Trail - Inspiration in Mackay

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Discover the Mackay Region's unique art by exploring the Sarina Sugar Shed and visiting some of Mackay's local art galleries. Also discover Mackay's Pioneering history along the Bluewater Trail. Dine in comfort at one of many of Mackay's finest restaurants, cafes and bistros all ranging from different and exquisite cuisines.
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