MackayAustralia

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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.

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
NT$2,242
per night
Mar 7 - Mar 8

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! (892 reviews)

"Very clean, comfy bed, close to most things in town. Easy access and parking."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/31

Rydges Mackay Suites
Oaks Rivermarque
Oaks Rivermarque
4 out of 5
55-63 River Street, Mackay, QLD
NT$3,135
per night
Mar 1 - Mar 2

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! (343 reviews)

"Apartment was great, 2 bedroom 2 bathroom. Close to Canelands Shopping centre & the lagoon/water park. Balcony needed a bit more of a clean (tiles). Pool could do with some umbrellas. Overall, really enjoyed our stay."…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/30

Oaks Rivermarque
ibis Mackay
ibis Mackay
4 out of 5
Christensen Crescent, Mackay Airport, South Mackay, QLD
NT$1,936
per night
Mar 21 - Mar 22

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Harrup Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mackay Leisure Centre and Mackay Enertainment and Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (245 reviews)

"It was very good but the reading lights didnt work and the silicone around the shower floor was mouldy"…"

Reviewed on 2020/1/14

ibis Mackay

Popular things to do in Mackay

Cape Hillsborough National Park
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Cape Hillsborough National Park

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Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Cape Hillsborough National Park, a popular green space in Cape Hillsborough. Amble around the area's seaside or visit its shops.

Lamberts Beach
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Lamberts Beach

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

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