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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.

Top hotels in Mackay

Rydges Mackay Suites
Rydges Mackay Suites
4 out of 5
9 Gregory Street, Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$143 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (939 reviews)

"Overall good stay, only downside was the lack of hotel parking and having to park on the street."…"

Reviewed on 27 Aug. 2020

Rydges Mackay Suites
Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
4 out of 5
55-63 River Street, Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$169 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (369 reviews)
Oaks Mackay

"Great stay."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020

Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
Coral Cay Resort
Coral Cay Resort
4.5 out of 5
14-18 Nebo Rd, West Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$102 per night from 4 Dec. to 5 Dec.

Located in West Mackay, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Jubilee Park and Mackay Enertainment and Convention Centre. Artspace Mackay and Caneland Central ...

4.3/5Excellent! (689 reviews)
Good Mackay Motel

"Good size room with kitchenette and comfortable queen size bed. Lounge with a coffee table. Good bathroom. Lovely and clean. Undercover parking."…"

Reviewed on 16 Jun. 2020

Coral Cay Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Holiday Rentals in Mackay

Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
4 out of 5
55-63 River Street, Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$169 per night from 6 Dec. to 7 Dec.

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! (369 reviews)
Oaks Mackay

"Great stay."…"

Reviewed on 23 Jun. 2020

Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel
Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands
Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands
4.5 out of 5
3 Kirribilli Avenue, East Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$111 per night from 16 Dec. to 17 Dec.

Located in East Mackay, this luxury aparthotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Town Beach and Queens Park Orchid House. Far Beach and Jubilee Park are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (271 reviews)
Great location and stay

"Great communication for a later arrival Easy steps to self check in Only down fall was the Foxtel getting it work took a little while other than that was a great and easy stay. Very comfy bed"…"

Reviewed on 14 Aug. 2020

Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands
Lanai Riverside Apartments
Lanai Riverside Apartments
4.5 out of 5
20 River Street, Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$200 per night from 2 Dec. to 3 Dec.

Located in the heart of Mackay, this luxury aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bluewater Lagoon and Caneland Central. Artspace Mackay and Jubilee Park are ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (263 reviews)

"The property was clean quiet and very central to food and shopping and the beach great stay wouldn’t hesitate to book there again"…"

Reviewed on 20 Sep. 2020

Lanai Riverside Apartments
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top activities in Mackay

Reviews of Mackay

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4/5 - Good

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11 Dec. 2019

If i wasn't there for work, i wouldn't be there :)

5/5 - Excellent

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6 Nov. 2019

Enjoyed our visit to Mackay. Shopping at Caneland was good as were the two restaurants.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

25 Oct. 2019

Taxi drivers were very nice, friendly and helpful.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Oct. 2019

The shopping is brilliant in Mackay especially in sugarlands. It has everything you could ever need for shopping, butchers, tackle world, office works, Dan Murphy, Bunnings.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

20 Oct. 2019

Was a pleasant change to the weather in Moranbah.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

16 Oct. 2019

Mackay is quite expensive compared to other regional towns.

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