It’s no surprise that every year thousands of visitors flock to Mackay’s tropical, relaxed environment. 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 business meeting place.
With average daily temperatures ranging from 22C in the winter months of June to August and up to 30C in the summer months of December to February, the Mackay-Isaac region serves up the perfect climate for the quintessential Queensland getaway. The gateway to the Southern Whitsundays, Mackay has earned a reputation as a first rate holiday destination.
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.
More than 30 sandy beaches stretch along Mackay’s coastline, offering beachgoers a choice of local spots, such as popular Eimeo 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 or quick boat trip 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 Mantra Mackay precinct is a popular destination for tourists and locals. Twice awarded Marina of the Year, it’s also home to a residential village, shops, cafes, bars and contemporary restaurants showcasing local produce and flavours.
An hour’s drive west of Mackay, atop the Clare Ranges, lies the historic township of Eungella. Nearby Eungella National Park has more than 20 kilometers of walking tracks and is the starting point for the 56 kilometer Highland Walk. Dominated by ancient rainforest and hidden gorges, the National Park is home to an array of exotic plant species and wildlife. Broken River is the perfect place to spot the elusive platypus and is famous for numerous sightings. Accommodation options at Eungella are plentiful, making it perfect for a day trip, or an extended stay.
If you are seeking a tourist route less travelled, The Mining Trail spans 300 kilometers, and offers a self-drive escape with a difference. The Trail encompasses historic mining towns, energetic mining communities and traverses the sublime landscape of the Serenity Coast: unspoilt beaches, rocky headland and magnificent coastal views. There are many places of interest to stop along the way, including the Nebo Museum and other historical sites to learn about the region’s cane industry and mining heritage; picnic in a melaleuca forest, sample local produce or simply lose yourself on a secluded beach.
Back in Mackay’s city centre there are endless options for the whole family. 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.
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