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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The Sweetest Journey, Sugar Trail

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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.

Pacific Coast Way - Mackay, Cape Hillsborough and Seaforth

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Serene, sand-strewn shorelines, the rustling of palm fronds in the sea breeze and the gentle lull of the tide; it’s time to leave your worries behind and relax in the tranquil tropics. As you head North from Mackay, a world of adventure awaits.

Explore the Mackay Region in Three Days

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Explore a land where the sun rises from the clear-blue Coral Sea, and sets behind rugged volcanic peaks of an enchanting hinterland. A world of discovery is illuminated with the dawn of a new day, from the glistening golden sand of one of Mackay’s pristine beaches, to the verdant rainforest-clad mountains, lightly veiled in morning mist.

Great Inland Way

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The Great Inland way starts in Sydney and takes in much of central New South Wales before reaching the Queensland border at Hebel. The Queensland leg of the Great Inland Way road trip extends 1863 kilometres from Outback Queensland to the Coral Sea.

A Cup of Culture in Mackay

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The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the central business district, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region’s interesting history.

City Culture Trail

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The prosperity and pioneering heritage of Mackay is reflected within the City Centre, a collection of beautifully preserved buildings and art, which give an insight into the region's turbulent past. This journey can be completed on foot or by bicycle if desired and will showcase a range of Mackay's cultural treasures.

Natural Wonderland

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Abundant in natural beauty, Mackay is home to a plethora of parks, gardens and nature walks that showcase its unique subtropical flora and fauna. You don’t even need to travel out of the city to experience the beauty of nature.

Queensland Public Gallery Trail

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The Queensland gallery network is abuzz with exciting activities and beautiful art. Experience local and national art while you travel from A to B through Queensland’s culturally vibrant cities and towns.

Travel the Mining Trail

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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.

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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