Mackay

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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.

Where to stay in Mackay

Tropic Coast Motel
Tropic Coast Motel
3.5 out of 5
158 Nebo Road, West Mackay, QLD, 4740
The price is $62 per night from Jun 10 to Jun 11
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly motel in Mackay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (267 reviews)
"Was a great place for our overnight stay on our journey to Airlie Beach. It was great to have a microwave in the room."

Reviewed on Feb 3, 2022

Tropic Coast Motel
Rydges Mackay Suites
Rydges Mackay Suites
4 out of 5
9 Gregory Street, Mackay, QLD, 4740
The price is $95 per night from May 29 to May 30
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mackay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the room service ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (985 reviews)
Great place to stay centrally
"Receptionist lovely. Place well presented. Mini bar, kitchenette with stove top, dishwasher, washing machine/dryer combo. Like a one bedroom apartment. Moss on wood downstairs for breakfast was nice. Great meals. And Sorbellos Italian restaurant around the corner is exceptional as per usual. 2nd ..."

Reviewed on Feb 6, 2022

Rydges Mackay Suites
ibis Mackay
ibis Mackay
4 out of 5
Christensen Crescent, Mackay Airport, South Mackay, QLD, 4740
The price is $66 per night from Jun 18 to Jun 19
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Mackay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and breakfast. Our guests praise the restaurant and the helpful staff in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (311 reviews)
"Very clean room & the food was fresh & presented nicely with great staff"

Reviewed on May 7, 2022

ibis Mackay
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, 4740
The price is $82 per night from Jun 14 to Jun 15
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Mackay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the bathrooms in our ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (314 reviews)
"Staff service was great and they helped me with all questions. Very nice view and walks nearby. The apartment had everything I needed."

Reviewed on Apr 13, 2022

Direct Hotels - Pacific Sands
Riviera Mackay
Riviera Mackay
4 out of 5
5 - 7 Nelson St, Mackay, QLD, 4740
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Mackay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and a rooftop terrace. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (354 reviews)
"Apartment was lovely but unfortunately the shower in the main bedroom had a leak and water on bathroom floor was an issue for us."

Reviewed on Jan 2, 2022

Riviera Mackay
Lanai Riverside Apartments
Lanai Riverside Apartments
4.5 out of 5
20 River Street, Mackay, QLD, 4740
The price is $150 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 21
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury aparthotel in Mackay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking, and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (320 reviews)

Reviewed on Mar 11, 2022

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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