Halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, the relaxed tropical city of Mackay is close to pristine beaches and the gateway to the Whitsunday Islands.
The Mackay region is an inviting blend of secluded beaches, elusive wildlife and rural communities. A gateway to the Great Barrier Reef. This beautiful region enjoys a glorious year-round climate — perfect for snorkelling, exploring rainforests, sailing the Coral Sea or just relaxing by the beach.
Mackay is full of interesting shopping, dining and entertainment options, colourful markets and a lively arts scene. Artspace Mackay is the city's award winning regional art gallery and museum. Its diversity offers the chance to experience the works of local artists and learn about the region's heritage past.
Discover the newly established Mackay Region Botanical Gardens, observe the fascinating and rare flora of the Central Queensland Coast bio-region, wander through its cultural precincts and learn about local history and exciting projects on the horizon for the gardens. Locals and visitors alike love the impressive Mackay Marina Village. Within five minutes drive north of the city centre, a meal or drinks at one of a growing number of restaurants lining the marina esplanade is a must for anyone visiting the city. Dine alfresco to soak up the sunshine, whilst enjoying superb views across the marina and nearby islands.
The Pioneer Valley marks the gateway to the spectacular wilderness area of Eungella National Park, the longest and oldest stretch of subtropical rainforest in Australia. Broken River near Eungella is the ideal place to view the shy platypus or head for fresh water swimming holes at Finch Hatton Gorge. Many animal and plant species discovered here are found nowhere else in the world.
Brampton Island offers a real island experience with its 11 kilometres of walking tracks on this popular tropical haven. Other islands in the region include the Newry Island Group, with six national park islands offering great fishing, snorkelling and bird watching as well as a small resort and camping facilities. The Cumberland Group of islands include Keswick, Scawfell, Carlisle and St Bees which is perfect for a secluded island experience and only accessible by private vessel. Situated between Mackay and the Whitsundays are the Lindeman Group of islands renowned as home for the Club Med Lindeman Island Resort.