Sitting in the middle of the Queensland coast, the Mackay region stretches from secluded islands off the coast through golden sand beaches and into lush sub-tropical rainforests. The historic town of Mackay is filled with 1920s Art Deco buildings and public artworks, as well as a vibrant dining precinct. See wallabies on the beach at Cape Hillsborough National Park, dive with shy platypus in Eungella National Park or throw a line in at some of the state’s best fishing spots.
Immerse yourself in nature and fall in love with the laid-back lifestyle of the Mackay region.
Verdant rainforest, rugged hinterland and clear rock pools provide unique habitats for some of Australia’s most iconic and elusive wildlife.
Just 30 kilometres west of Mackay’s coastline lies the gateway to the Pioneer Valley where lush, green rolling hills, charming rustic towns and Australia’s longest stretch of sub-tropical rainforest awaits. Here you will find unique wildlife, bushwalking tracks and pristine billabongs.
Discover a historic sugar boom town, relax on deserted beaches (aside from the wallabies) or go platypus spotting in the rainforest. Take me to places to visit in Mackay.
Vast tracts of subtropical rainforest cover the interior of the Mackay region, dotted with walking tracks, gentle creeks, stunning gorges, waterfalls and rare wildlife.
Mackay is sugar cane country and you can learn all about this fascinating industry (and indulge your sweet tooth) at the Sarina Sugar Shed.
Starting 20km north of Mackay, the Hibiscus Coast is almost 100km of national park, golden beaches, rolling cane fields and charming seaside villages.
Sandwiched between the Coral Sea and the cane fields of the hinterland, Mackay City was built on sugar. It is home to many well-preserved Art Deco buildings, a stylish marina (where you can buy fresh seafood) and plenty of green space.
If you’ve got the kids in tow, set your sights on the Cape Hillsborough Nature Tourist Park. Although it’s a little out of town (approximately 45 minutes), it’ll make for an unforgettable family holiday waking up to one of the most famous scenes in Australia. Sharmin and Chelsea
In Mackay, try your luck in a fishing competition, catch a local theatre production or buy fresh local produce at a farmers’ market. Take me to what's on in Mackay.
Holiday parks and campsites line the beaches around Mackay, or you can stay in the centre of the city at a good-value motel or stylish self-contained apartment. You can also glamp right on the beach or get close to nature in a rainforest cabin.
Mackay is almost halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, so it’s easy to access from either of these major centres.
Mackay Airport is just 10 minutes’ drive from the city. Hire a car at the terminal. There’s a taxi rank right outside the terminal or take the public bus that runs regularly to the CBD.