Mackay

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Mackay featuring a bay or harbour, general coastal views and landscape views

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.

ibis Mackay
ibis Mackay
4 out of 5
Christensen Crescent, Mackay Airport, South Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$108 per night from 24 Dec. to 24 Dec.
Located in South Mackay, this eco-friendly hotel is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) from Bakers Creek Conservation Park and 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Harrup Park. Mackay Leisure ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (290 reviews)
"Restaurant needs more variety of meals."

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

ibis Mackay
Rydges Mackay Suites
Rydges Mackay Suites
4 out of 5
9 Gregory Street, Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$159 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 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 ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (988 reviews)
"Well located, walk through onto Wood Street for cafes and eateries."

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

Rydges Mackay Suites
White Lace Motor Inn
White Lace Motor Inn
4 out of 5
73 Nebo Rd, West Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$121 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in West Mackay, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Mackay Base Hospital and Mackay Enertainment and Convention Centre. Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (592 reviews)
"Sheets were clean but room was very dated and had a funny smell. Bathroom was mouldy."

Reviewed on 2 Oct. 2021

White Lace Motor Inn
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.
Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands
Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands
4.5 out of 5
3 Kirribilli Avenue, East Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$142 per night from 15 Dec. to 15 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 ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (302 reviews)
"Property, although not in Mackay CBD, is easily accessible via taxi etc. Property is value for money and comfortable to stay in. My only negative is that there needs to be an onsite coffee machine that people can pay to use as well as a vending machine with snacks etc, as if only staying for overnights ..."

Reviewed on 29 Aug. 2021

Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands
Riviera Mackay
Riviera Mackay
4 out of 5
5 - 7 Nelson St, Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$179 per night from 2 Jan. to 2 Jan.
Located in the heart of Mackay, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of Bluewater Lagoon and Caneland Central. Artspace Mackay and Jubilee Park are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (343 reviews)
"Very spacious and very tidy, great location but the bed was hard."

Reviewed on 3 Sep. 2021

Riviera Mackay
Lanai Riverside Apartments
Lanai Riverside Apartments
4.5 out of 5
20 River Street, Mackay, QLD
The price is AU$224 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 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 ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (301 reviews)
"Was a great size and location. good balcony area and pool area"

Reviewed on 18 Oct. 2021

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.

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