The Mackay Region | Travel Information

Trying to figure out how you’re going to get to the Mackay Region and then get around? Here are our travel tips!

Mackay Airport – Domestic Airport
Located half way between Cairns and Brisbane, flying down from the north or up from the south is easy, with direct flights from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville and Rockhampton.

There are several transportation options to get you where you need to go including:
  • Door-to-door airport transfers 
  • Call a taxi - 131 008
  • Hire a rental car for your stay

Take the train
Take the train to Mackay with Queensland Rail who offer multiple services weekly from both north and south. From the more modern Tilt Train, to the more traditional Sunlander, depending on your needs, both options will get you into the Mackay Region.

Travel by coach
Bus and coach services are frequent in the Mackay Region from throughout Queensland. 

Drive Mackay
Take-up one of the many drive itineraries and hire a car, 4WD or campervan from various locations across Mackay (including from Mackay Airport). From day trips to weekend stopovers or week long camping experiences, the Mackay region has an abundance of drive experiences from beachfront to bush. 

Mackay Whitsunday Taxis service the area from Sarina in the south to Airlie Beach in the north, so if you are in need of door to door service, phone 131 008.

Sail away
Just off Mackay’s coast lies the Cumberland Island Group at the southern extreme of the famous Whitsundays. Skipper yourself or hire a crewed vessel to explore the islands or snorkel and dive over some of the world’s best living the coral reefs.

Explore all of the transport options available below.

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Europcar Car Hire Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$30 - 200
Europcar's Queensland stations provide flexible car hire options for a business trip or driving holiday. Europcar has a nationwide network of over 125 locations with 34 easily accessible car hire locations throughout Queensland, all offering competitive rates in top holiday destinations.

TransLink - Mackay

Mackay, Mackay Area
TransLink, a division of Department of Main Roads, operates, together with local bus operator Mackay Transit, the local bus service in the region. The network includes 11 routes including a trial service (Route 303) to Mackay Airport.

Regional Air, Charter Service Mackay

South Mackay, Mackay Area
Regional Air is a new superior air charter service with headquarters based at Mackay Airport, Queensland. They operate fast, safe, twin-engine aircraft and single-engine aircraft to get you and your group anywhere, anytime.

Mackay Visitor Information Centre

Mackay, Mackay Area
When planning your trip to the Mackay Region, make your first stop at the Mackay Visitor Information Centre. Providing information services on theirs and other Queensland regions, they are also a licensed booking agency.

Avis Australia

Multiple Locations
From AU$50 - 150
Avis is the leading car rental company in Australia, operating at more than 240 conveniently located rental facilities, including all major airports. With a long history of innovation in the car rental industry, their 'We Try Harder' approach to service makes Avis one of the world's best-known car rental brands.

Melba House Visitor Information Centre

Marian, Mackay Area
The Pioneer Valley Visitor Information Centre is located in Melba House, Edward Lloyd Park, Anzac Avenue, Marian. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures and itineraries for the Mackay Region as well as destinations to the north, south and west.

Helloworld Travel Mackay and Mount Pleasant

Mackay, Mackay Area
Helloworld Travel Mackay and Mount Pleasant are full service travel agencies offering local, domestic and international holidays for both independent and group travel. They also offer a comprehensive Mackay and the Whitsundays day trips and special events program with a wide array of day tours of the local region, special dinners and more.

Redspot Car Rentals - Mackay Airport

Paget, Mackay Area
Redspot operates a large Australian network of airport and downtown rental car locations with a wide variety of new age rental vehicles available at competitive prices. Redspot, founded in 1989 is the only Australian owned and operated car rental company with desks at all major Australian airports.

Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Centre (Visitor Information Centre)

Sarina, Mackay Area
The Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Visitor Information Centre is located on Railway Square in Sarina. This accredited visitor information centre offers a one stop shop for travel information including maps, brochures, and itineraries.
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