Tropical, picturesque and relaxed, Mackay city offers everything you could want from a major regional centre. The blue Pioneer River flows past the city’s historical buildings, and stately palm trees fringe the main street with shopping hotspots, and plenty of magical spots for a picnic by the river, or dine al fresco by the marina on our fabulous local seafood.
The newly opened botanic gardens, beautiful beaches and a world class marina are just minutes from the city heart. To best experience Mackay’s history, take the Heritage Walk, visit Greenmount Homestead or discover the region’s colourful heritage at the city’s newest attraction, ARTSPACE Mackay.
If salt is in your veins, Mackay is within cooee of 31 beautiful beaches, ranging from patrolled swimming spots just minutes from the city centre, spectacular coastal National Parks, to miles of untouched coastline, all lapped by the warm, tropical waters of the Coral Sea.
Enjoy a cold beer at the Mackay Surf Club or al fresco dining at the new marina. Mackay’s northern beaches offer some top spots for swimming, fishing and boating. The wonders of the Great Barrier Reef and its tropical islands are within easy reach of Mackay. Take an exhilarating scenic flight over the reef, or set sail on the day trip of a lifetime.
Indulge in a romantic break on secluded Brampton Island, a favourite for honeymooners. Take a tip from the locals and head for Keswick Island, a spectacular national park island. Here snorkelling, fishing and diving is among the best in the Great Barrier Reef.