Mackay | Things To See and Do

You’ll find nature at its best in the Mackay region. Walk through misty mountains in a national park, see wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough, spot a platypus in the rainforest or charter a boat and reel in a trophy fish just offshore.

Unspoiled Nature

Behold the point where rainforest meets ocean in the rugged Cape Hillsborough National Park, swim in crystal-clear rock pools at Finch Hatton Gorge and search for the elusive platypus in the rivers of the Eungella National Park. On the water, spot dugongs in the designated sanctuary at Clairview or snorkel right from the beach on Keswick Island, one of the southernmost of the Whitsunday Islands on the Great Barrier Reef. 

Fishing

A Net Free Fishing Zone runs from Cape Hillsborough to St Helens, meaning commercial fishing is banned, making it ideal for recreational anglers. Fish right on the edge of the Great Barrier Reef, hook up a monster on a deep-sea expedition or troll around one of the islands just offshore. Inland, head for estuaries or dams in search of freshwater fish. 

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Shamrock Hotel Mackay

West Mackay, Mackay Area
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.

Twenty50 Nice Cream and Espresso Bar

Rural View, Mackay Area
Twenty50 is committed to creating healthy, affordable and sustainable versions of the foods people love to eat without sacrificing flavour and quality. All products are dairy-free, gluten-free and allergen friendly so by eating Twenty50 Nice Cream you are making a choice that is good for you and good for the planet.

The Old Station Teahouse

Ball Bay, Mackay Area
The Old Station Teahouse is turn of the century railway station that has been relocated from its original home into a rainforest setting close to the popular Cape Hillsborough National Park. With a menu that focuses on fresh, delicious food and local produce The Teahouse is the perfect stop for the weary traveller or families looking for a place to relax.

Caneland Central Shopping Centre

Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Caneland Central is the premier shopping and lifestyle destination in the Mackay region and is conveniently located in the city centre. It offers the widest variety of stores and services with over 200 stores together with Myer, Target, Big W, Harris Scarfe, Woolworths, Coles, JB Hi Fi and Best & Less.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

West Mackay, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Located just five kilometres from the Mackay City Centre, the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens showcases the beautiful tropical flora from Mackay and the Whitsundays, along with other beautiful Australian native and exotic plants from similar climates around the world.

Clermont Historical Centre

Clermont, Isaac Area
From AU$6 - 6
The Clermont Historical Centre has undergone extensive renovations and now boasts a contemporary Interpretive Centre where visitors can learn about Clermont's rich and diverse history. A Flood of Memories Exhibition commemorates the Centenary of the 1916 Clermont Flood.

Rainforest Scuba

Multiple Locations
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 at the same time as a platypus in natural conditions?

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:

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

Mackay, Mackay Area
There is always something happening at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC), situated in the heart of Mackay right in the City Centre. From stellar musical performances from international and national stars, comedy roadshows, local productions, nationally acclaimed opera and ballet companies touring and much more.

The Dispensary Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
The Dispensary Coffee · Kitchen · Bar has got you covered for everything food and drink. Open from 6am the Dispensary Kitchen offers great coffee, breakfast and lunch, served with a smile. For evening dining they also have the Dispensary Bar offering a more relaxed venue for a great night out.
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