Combining a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with a regional area surrounded by cane fields and historic mining towns, Mackay makes an ideal holiday stopover, short break, or to conduct business.
Whether you’re dreaming of palm-fringed beaches, looking for adventure, exploring regional towns steeped in history, or escaping to lush Hinterland canopies, Mackay and her surrounds offer an abundance of attractions and activities with a range of accommodation options to suit every taste and budget.
With more than 30 sandy beaches stretch along Mackay’s coastline, offering beachgoers a choice of local spots, such as popular Harbour Beach with stunning views of the islands, to more secluded coves, perfect for picnics or fishing; all within an easy drive from the city.
For a tropical island escape, Keswick Island lies 34 kilometers offshore within the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, and is a 12 minute flight from Mackay. 80% National Park, this natural paradise offers a diversity of sights and activities. Try your hand at snorkeling, kayaking, fishing, diving, coral reef viewing, whale watching or bushwalking one of Keswick’s many trails.
The Mackay Marina precinct is a popular destination for tourists and locals. Its home to a residential village, shops, cafes, bars and contemporary restaurants showcasing local produce and flavours. Relax along the award winning Bluewater Trail, refresh at the swimming and lagoon facilities at Bluewater Lagoon, or dine al fresco at Bluewater Quay against the backdrop of the Pioneer River. If you want to soak up art and culture, the city centre offers guided walks where you’ll discover historic buildings and public artworks.