MackayAustralia

Photo provided by Tourism and Events Queensland
Photo provided by Tourism and Events Queensland
Explore Mackay: its parks, marina, culture, and more!

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.

Known for

Skyscrapers, Natural Parks and Marinas

Top Hotels in Mackay

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Oaks Rivermarque
4 out of 5
55-63 River Street, Mackay, QLD
NT$2,552
per night
Oct 13 - Oct 14
4.1/5Very Good! (313 reviews)

"Great location. Easy access to the city, river and major shopping centre"…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/12

Oaks Rivermarque
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Reef Resort Motel
4 out of 5
166-170 Nebo Road, West Mackay, QLD
NT$1,195
per night
Oct 2 - Oct 3
3.9/5Very Good! (169 reviews)

"It was good value and we will stay again when we travel"…"

Reviewed on 2019/9/1

Reef Resort Motel
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ibis Mackay
4 out of 5
Christensen Crescent, Mackay Airport, South Mackay, QLD
NT$1,903
per night
Sep 28 - Sep 29
4.5/5Wonderful! (222 reviews)

"Close to airport. Good for early morning starts ."…"

Reviewed on 2019/8/18

ibis Mackay

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