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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Mango Avenue

Eimeo, Mackay Area
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Mango Avenue is the focal point of the beautiful Eimeo Village. The 80 year old Mango trees that stretch between Whittles Lane and Heidke Street form a spectacular shady canopy 20 metres above the streetscape and remain a heritage listed, must-see tourist attraction!

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.

Smalleys Beach

Cape Hillsborough, Mackay Area
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Smalleys Beach is situated approximately 35 kilometres north of Mackay and is part of the Hibiscus Coast. This secluded beach is also located in the Cape Hillsborough National Park and offers limited camping sites.

Mackay Fly and Sportfishing

Mirani, Mackay Area
Guided fly and lure sportfishing charters around the Mackay region from targeting all types of species in the salt water both on the flats sight fishing to fishing deeper waters for reef fish as well as fishing the stocked lakes of this region made famous for Barramundi, Sooty Grunter and Saratoga with lure and fly with both surface and subsurface fishing .

Sarina War Memorial

Sarina, Mackay Area
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WWI memorials like that in the north Queensland sugar town of Sarina speak volumes of community pride and patriotism. Their soldier statue was erected for the 1919 ANZAC Day ceremonies, paid for through public subscription.

Mackay Region Drive

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Boasting 31 beaches, one for every day of the month, ancient reefs teeming with life off untouched Great Barrier Reef islands, a lush tropical rainforest and rugged golden hinterland, Mackay is a gem in the Queensland tourism tale.

Illawong Beach

Mackay, Mackay Area
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A serene and peaceful coastline awaits at Illawong Beach. Kilometres of sandy shoreline as well as off and on dog leash areas make Illawong Beach a popular choice for sunrise strolls. At low tide, the ripples in the sand stretch for kilometres, where small blue soldier crabs can be seen scuttling across the surface.

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.

Slade Point

Mackay, Mackay Area
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Slade Point is a short five minute drive from Mackay Harbour, and is one of the few locations in the region where you can enjoy both a stunning sunrise and sublime sunset. Slade Point Reserve lies at Lamberts Beach, stretching 73 hectares and conserving one of the last remaining areas of coastal dunes and paperbark wetlands in the Mackay region.
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