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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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
From AU$22 - 26.00
Sarina Sugar Shed is one of its kind in Australia and has a big story to tell! It is a multi-award winning attraction fuelled by an ingenious miniature sugar mill and distillery. It showcases the local sugar and distilling industries along with the incredible qualities of sugar and its diversity of use.

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?

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.

Dugong Sanctuary - Clairview

Clairview, Isaac Area
Free Entry
In 1997, the Great Barrier Reef Ministerial Council established Clairview (a small beach town approximately 1.5 hours south of Mackay) as a dugong sanctuary. Often dugongs can be spotted when they surface to breathe from the shore, or in the water, when in a kayak, boat or other recreational vessel - so keep an eye out for these majestic creatures!

Hibiscus Coast

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
Free Entry
20 kilometres north of Mackay lies the Hibiscus Coast which includes the delightful seaside towns of Seaforth, Halliday Bay, Ball Bay and Cape Hillsborough. This is the perfect place to find a quiet beach or picnic table and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Keswick Island Jetty

Keswick Island, Mackay Area
Free Entry
Keswick Island can be accessed by boat via the mobile jetty, situated in Egremont Passage, near the Keswick airstrip. The jetty is a 23 metre gangway attached to a six by three metre pontoon, and provides short-term drop-off/pick-up for most shallow hull boats (up to 12 metres in length).
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