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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Rivermarque
Oaks Rivermarque
4 out of 5
55-63 River Street, Mackay, QLD
$92
per night
Dec 1 - Dec 2

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! (327 reviews)

"Nice place. Large apartment style room. Very clean."…"

Reviewed on Nov 17, 2019

Oaks Rivermarque
ibis Mackay
ibis Mackay
4 out of 5
Christensen Crescent, Mackay Airport, South Mackay, QLD
$64
per night
Dec 14 - Dec 15

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.6 mi (4.2 km) from Harrup Park and within 6 mi (10 km) of Mackay Leisure Centre and Mackay Enertainment and Convention ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (226 reviews)

"Close to airport. Good for early morning starts ."…"

Reviewed on Aug 18, 2019

ibis Mackay
Rydges Mackay Suites
Rydges Mackay Suites
4 out of 5
9 Gregory Street, Mackay, QLD
$77
per night
Dec 7 - Dec 8

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! (864 reviews)

"Clean tidy & friendly Good location with easy walking around Mackay"…"

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2019

Rydges Mackay Suites

Popular things to do in Mackay

Cape Hillsborough National Park
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Cape Hillsborough National Park

5/5(4 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors with a trip to Cape Hillsborough National Park, a popular green space in Cape Hillsborough. Stroll along the seaside or visit the shops while you're in the area.

Lamberts Beach
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Lamberts Beach

5/5(1 review)

If a restful vacation is part of your travel plans, Lamberts Beach might be the perfect place to seek out during your trip to Slade Point.

Top activities in Mackay

Personalised Private Platypus Land Tour
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Personalised Private Platypus Land Tour

$262

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Rainforest Scuba, 55 Anzac Pde, Finch Hatton, Queensland 4756 Australia Choose your pick-up time from 7.30am with a coffee/tea to start your day and we’ll discuss your chosen places and others you might not know about but would be interested in.

Rainforest Platypus Night Dive (Certified Divers Only)
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Rainforest Platypus Night Dive (Certified Divers Only)

$84

Every dive starts with a 30 minute platypus education, 20-30 minute show and tell of the other aquatic life in the Billabong, personal service with a maximum of 6, minimum 1 per dive. All equipment, guide/instructor and daily diving with night dives available.

Taste of Sugar Tour
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Taste of Sugar Tour

$18

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Sarina Sugar Shed, Field of Dreams Parklands, Sarina, Queensland 4737 Australia Your Guided Tour takes around 1 hour and includes a movie in the theater, a tour of the cane plantation and outdoor display area, then indoors to see the miniature mill in action.

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