Spectacular rainforests and national parks, secluded islands and beaches, pristine coral reefs, plentiful fishing spots, historical townships, genuine country hospitality, scenic drives, great shopping and fabulous dining. Relatively undiscovered, the Mackay Region offers a unique holiday experience that is an affordable and diverse escape from the crowds.
Located midway between Brisbane and Cairns, the Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 kilometres north from St Lawrence to Laguna Whitsundays, and inland to the town of Clermont. The region’s rich and colourful past is economically founded upon sugar cane, mining, beef and agriculture.
The Mackay Region is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination for travellers seeking an unspoiled, friendly contrast to more developed, built destinations along the coast.
Holiday-makers ‘must-sees’ include: our palm fringed city centre, set beside the mighty blue Pioneer River, the Pioneer Valley, Finch Hatton Gorge and the famous Eungella National Park. Artspace Mackay – gallery and museum, our new Regional Botanic Gardens, the impressive Mackay Marina Village, spectacular scenery of Cape Hillsborough National Park, historic seaside townships such as Sarina and Midge Point, and outback communities such as Clermont and Nebo, superb golden beaches, the Great Barrier Reef and our local islands such as Brampton and Keswick.
The region has a delightful tropical climate that is similar to that found in the Hawaiian Islands. The atmosphere is relaxed and casual as are the dress standards. Summers consist of warm, tropical weather without extreme temperatures and mild sunny winters. The average water temperature is a heavenly 22 degrees.