Mackay – Where to Stay, Where to Play.
Positioned as the gateway to the Southern Whitsundays, Mackay has earned a well-deserved reputation as one of Queensland’s most diverse natural playgrounds, with an abundance of attractions and activities and a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.
Whether you are seeking a beachfront house, a cabin in the rainforest, a backpacker’s hostel, a bed and breakfast, a farm stay, or the luxury of a 4.5 star hotel, Mackay’s accommodation options are as extensive and diverse as her environment.
A trip to Mackay is best spent over a number of days to really take advantage of all there is to do and see. Her vibrant community and cultural scene mean there is always something happening, with weekly markets featuring the best of local produce, arts and crafts; and family friendly events held regularly across the region.
Macaky’s extensive calendar of events is worth checking out to determine which festivals and events coincide with your visit. The popular Anywhere Festival in March celebrates all forms of performance, with other annual events such as the Festival of the Arts, Mackay Boat Show and the Sarina Festival remaining favourites with locals and visitors.
The City Centre offers attractions and entertainment for the whole family. Relax along the award winning Bluewater Trail, enjoy swimming at the tiered lagoon facilities at Bluewater Lagoon, or dine al fresco at Bluewater Quay against the backdrop of the Pioneer River.
If caravanning and camping is more your speed, you’ll find over a dozen sites throughout the Mackay-Isaac region to explore a coastline boasting more than thirty sandy beaches, or the diverse inland region. From cabins and camping among the lush rainforests, to facility-packed Big 4’s and smaller coastal caravan parks, self-contained accommodation is plentiful.
A visit to Keswick Island, 34 kilometers off Mackay’s coast, is a must. Accommodation options include a fully-licensed guest house, self-contained houses or private cabins, offering a convenient base to take advantage of the island’s many attractions: snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, diving, coral reef viewing, whale watching or bushwalking.
An hour’s drive west of Mackay lies the historic township of Eungella. Nearby Eungella National Park has over 20 kilometers of walking tracks dominated by ancient rainforest and hidden gorges. It is home to an array of exotic plant species and wildlife, including the elusive platypus. Accommodation options at Eungella are plentiful with resort-style eco-friendly cabins, chalets, self-contained apartments and campgrounds all on offer.
For the thrill seekers, Mackay offers an abundance of adventure-style activities. Forest Flying at Eungella National Park will see you sail through the canopies on a zip wire, or try fly boarding at Kinchant Dam, take a ride on a jet boat, book a personalised fishing charter, or attempt cable wake boarding.
Mackay’s Marina precinct is a popular destination for tourists and locals. Twice awarded Marina of the Year, its facilities and outlets include a residential village, shops, cafes, bars and contemporary restaurants showcasing local produce and flavours.
The Marina is also home to Mackay’s premier accommodation, the Clarion Hotel Mackay Marina. The self rated 4.5 star hotel with views to the turquoise waters of the Coral Sea offers the ideal location to explore all the Mackay-Isaac region has to offer, and is a short drive from the city centre and only 20 minutes from Mackay airport.
With parks and gardens, scenic drives and walks, shopping, spas and retreats, historical sites and heritage locations, bars and restaurants, natural attractions, zoos, sanctuaries, aquariums and wildlife parks, sports and recreations facilities, it’s no wonder Mackay is the place to stay and the place to play.
Mackay Attractions – Things to see and do in Mackay
When it comes to activities and attractions, visitors to Mackay really are spoiled for choice. Offering the perfect combination of relaxation and adventure, there is something to suit every taste, pace and budget; whether you’re soaking up Mackay’s laid back lifestyle, or seeking an activity that will get your adrenalin pumping.
There are plenty Mackay attactions to explore and experience, from fishing to fossicking, fly boarding to fine dining, kayaking to kite surfing, shopping to snorkeling, and bushwalking to Bluewater Lagoon, you’ll find something to please the whole family. With a wide range of hotels and accommodation options available, you can afford to take your time to explore all Mackay and her region has to offer.
For an extensive taste of Mackay attractions and activities our colleagues at Mackay Airport have put together a great selection of 101 Things To Do in Mackay.