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MackayAustralia

Explore wild native hinterland and dense jungle, swim in warm lagoons and enjoy fresh local seafood at this tropical city on Queensland’s northern coast.

Mackay is a scenic tropical city on the border between Northern and Central Queensland, looking out over the turquoise Coral Sea. Located at the mouth of the Pioneer River and surrounded by national park hinterland and dense tropical rainforest, the city and surrounding region offers an array of fantastic natural attractions. Visit Mackay to experience its picturesque marina, fresh seafood and family-friendly swimming lagoon.

Stroll through the historic town centre that features a selection of charming art deco buildings and various mosaics and sculptures. Check out the Bombora, or Bommie, a large wave-shaped sculpture and bench decorated in the multicoloured hues of the Great Barrier Reef and nearby rainforests.

Follow the Bluewater Trail, a 20-kilometre (12.4-mile) network of pedestrian and cycling paths that connects the Bluewater Lagoon to East Mackay, West Mackay and the Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens. Visit the gardens to explore a lush, tropical oasis featuring beautiful native flora.

Relax in the warm waters of Bluewater Lagoon, a three-tiered swimming lagoon and leisure facility that overlooks the scenic Pioneer River. Kids will enjoy the children’s water playground. Pack a barbecue lunch and spend the day in the tropical sunshine.

Visit the Mackay Marina Village to explore the magnificent waterfront esplanade. Take in the view of palm trees, luxury yachts and the ocean while enjoying dinner at a fine dining restaurant. Book a tour from the marina and choose from fishing, sailing, hiking and platypus-spotting trips.

Head out on a hinterland adventure to experience the beautiful Eungella National Park, complete with bushwalking trails and picturesque waterfalls. Airlie Beach, the gateway to Queensland’s stunning Whitsunday Islands, is located approximately a 2-hour drive away.

Enjoy warm weather year-round but be prepared for tropical rainstorms in summer. Swim at designated beaches with lifeguards to avoid injury from the Coral Sea’s stingers and jellyfish.

Mackay is located on Queensland’s scenic northeast coast. Flights from Brisbane arrive daily to Mackay Airport, located 5 kilometres (3.1 miles) south of the city centre.

Where to stay in Mackay

Sunset at the Illawong  resort Mackay North Queensland.

South Mackay

South Mackay is noteworthy for its beaches, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Harrup Park and Illawong Beach.

South Mackay
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Blacks Beach

Visitors to Blacks Beach enjoy its beaches, and if you want to do some exploring, Blacks Beach Park is worth a stop.

Blacks Beach
Out on the southern break wall over looking the sugar stacks as the sun sets.

Mackay Harbour

Mackay Harbour is noteworthy for its restaurants, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Mackay Marina Village & Shipyard and Harbour Beach.

Mackay Harbour
The magnificent orchid

North Mackay

North Mackay is well-liked for its shopping. If you'd like to do some sightseeing in the greater Mackay area, you might plan a trip to Bluewater Lagoon or Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre.

North Mackay
Sunset at the Illawong  resort Mackay North Queensland.

Paget

Travelers like the theme parks in Paget, and Mackay Leisure Centre is a top attraction you might want to visit.

Paget
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Slade Point

You'll enjoy the beaches and restaurants in Slade Point. You might want to make time for a stop at Slade Point Community Hall or Lamberts Beach.

Slade Point

Top Hotels in Mackay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Rydges Mackay Suites
Rydges Mackay Suites
4 out of 5
9 Gregory Street, Mackay, QLD
The price is NT$2,717 per night

Located in the heart of Mackay, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Artspace Mackay, Mackay Enertainment and Convention Centre, and Jubilee Park. Bluewater ...

4.3/5Excellent! (924 reviews)

"Lovely service from reception friendly and very attentive. Bed was comfy, room spacious, walking distance to shops and eateries and area was quiet."…"

Reviewed on 2020/7/26

Rydges Mackay Suites
Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
4 out of 5
55-63 River Street, Mackay, QLD
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NT$3,557 per night

Situated in Mackay, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bluewater Lagoon and Caneland Central. Artspace Mackay and Jubilee Park are also within 10 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (356 reviews)

"The room was very run down, BIG cracks in the walls, green stain grout in the shower and a big hole next to the exhaust fan in the shower. The bed cover had brown marks on it."…"

Reviewed on 2020/5/4

Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
Mackay Oceanside Central Hotel
Mackay Oceanside Central Hotel
4 out of 5
2C East Gordon Street, East Mackay, QLD
The price is NT$2,430 per night

Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Town Beach and Queens Park Orchid House. Far Beach and Artspace Mackay are also within 2 mi ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (348 reviews)

"Alway comfortable & great service"…"

Reviewed on 2020/3/30

Mackay Oceanside Central Hotel

Popular places to visit in Mackay

Blacks Beach Park
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Blacks Beach Park

3/5(1 review)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Blacks Beach Park during your travels in Mackay? Stroll along the seaside or experience the area's entertainment venues.

Lamberts Beach
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Lamberts Beach

5/5(1 review)

Why not spend a carefree afternoon at Lamberts Beach during your travels in Mackay?

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