Mackay is a lush coastal town on the cusp of the Great Barrier Reef, located smack bang in between Brisbane and Cairns along the Eastern fringe of Queensland. Take in the laid back vibes as you check out our huge range of Mackay accommodation.
A scenic wonderland, Mackay was named after Captain John Mackay who discovered the valley of the Pioneer River on which the town is based. Why not explore the golden beaches, lush tropical rainforests, sugar cane fields and a rich and vibrant culture that makes Mackay so unique.
Need some art therapy? Immerse yourself in Mackay’s art deco buildings by taking a self-guided Heritage Walk through the city centre. While you’re there, be sure to stop by Artspace, Mackay’s award-winning gallery and museum with an ever-changing program of local, national and international artworks. If you’re more interested in performing arts, why not check out the live arts and music festivals held throughout the year including the Lanes Easter Festival and the Mackay Festival of Arts in July. During October, you’ll love the Bluewater Ecofest with its sustainable exhibits and organic produce, and Global Grooves, which celebrates the local multi-cultural communities.Ready to shop? Mackay has a range of shopping outlets to experience, with dozens of boutique and specialty retailers to choose from. You’ll be spoilt for choice with a range of exclusive fashion, jewellery, designer footwear, kids clothing and toys, accessories, and unique homewares and gifts.
Not far from Mackay, it’s definitely worth the drive to explore the misty hinterland mountains of Eungella National Park, a beautiful subtropical haven brimming with wildlife. For a more beachy day trip, chill out for the day at secluded Ball Bay half an hour away, or take a dip in Blacks Beach, one of the longest beaches in Mackay and where all you can hear is the distant echo of birds and the waves lapping against the shore.
Further afield from Mackay, why not take a cruise to the tropical islands of the Great Barrier Reef? The lovely Brampton Island is just 32kms away, awash with hoop pines, coastal mangroves and idyllic beaches.
Other islands to explore include Newry, South Cumberland, Smith and Northumberland Islands all surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters perfect for diving and snorkelling. To get that island feel without getting on a boat, check out the magical National Parks on the mainland that go all the way to the sea, like those at the beautiful Cape Palmerston and Cape Hillsborough.
You can get to Mackay by flying directly there from Australia’s eastern capital cities, or by catching a flight to either Brisbane or Cairns and traveling the eight hour coastal road by car. Either way, why not escape the daily grind with a trip to Mackay and tuck yourself away in one of our Mackay hotels not far from the Pioneer Valley?Image from kevwhelan