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Queensland’s Sugar City

The tropical city of Mackay on coastal Queensland is midway between Cairns and Brisbane.
Mackay’s city centre boasts of numerous attractions including Mackay Region Botanic Gardens, Mackay Marina, Artspace Mackay and Entertainment Centre. Few kilometres on the north of Mackay can be found numerous sugar fields. Because of its warm weather throughout the year, Mackay is well-known for the sugar cane production.

Mackay Travel Guide

Frequent flights land at Mackay Airport from Brisbane, Melbourne, Sydney and Cairns. Tilt Train of Queensland Rail operates bi-weekly from Brisbane. The coastal Highway between Cairns and Brisbane crosses through Mackay. Greyhound coaches operate regular bus services from Brisbane to Cairns halting at the Mackay Airport. Taxis, rented cars, bus services and bicycles are the preferred modes of city transportation.

Attractions in Mackay

Take lead from the relaxed Mackay lifestyle and travel around the numerous natural Attractions in Mackay and across its region.

Enjoy Mackay’s tropical climate at Bluewater Lagoon sited overlooking the pictorial Pioneer River. Further west to the Forgan Bridge is Bluewater Quay. This street has been upgraded to house various public services including fishing jetty, stage areas, viewing platform, weekend market spaces and cafes. MacKay’s Botanic Gardens displays a selection of rare native plants. The spotless beaches and sandy dunes at Cape Palmerston National Park is a must-see spot. Dysart, one of the coal mining towns, is home to a diversity of bird species. The attractive Pioneer River Valley with its fertile soil is home to many sugar cane fields. Other possessions of Pioneer Valley includes Eungella National Park and Finch Hatton Gorge. Mackay and its surrounding regions boast of 31 beaches. Marina Mackay being the most celebrated, Harbour Beach, Town Beach and the Northern Beaches are equally popular.

Accommodation in Mackay

Wide-ranging comfortable and reasonable Accommodation in Mackay include motels, guest houses, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks, hotels and beach hotels. Mackay-Isaac region is a delight for caravanners and campers. Guesthouse on Cartyle provides an ideal family accommodation in the heart of the city. Ocean International Hotel and Clarion Mackay Marina are the upmarket hotels providing modern rooms overlooking the beach and tropical gardens. Shores Holiday Apartments offers self-contained deluxe rooms, beach views, fishing and jogging spots.

Things to do in Mackay

Go cruising and fishing along the Great Barrier Reef and the tropical islands. Climb up the Eungella mountains or see the sugar cane fields along the Pioneer River Valley. Take a casual walk through the Mackay city centre and watch the art displays at Artspace. Witness the coal mining trails on a tour to Blair Athol Coal Mine. Camp in the serene Newry Island National Park.