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Mackay Activities & Attractions

Blue Water Lagoon

Holiday activities in Mackay are plentiful and will keep the entire family entertained for days. The Mackay region and its hinterland is a beautiful tropical paradise and offshore, lie the islands and resorts of the Whitsunday Passage. Places like Brampton Island is only 45 minutes by ferry and the most popular destinations in the Whitsundays like Hamilton Island and Hayman Island are not far away. All of these resorts provide a wealth of activities for the holiday maker. Day tours from Mackay marina also take tourists to Whitehaven beach, Scawfell Island and the fringing coral ramparts.

Mackay is one of Queensland’s most popular charter fishing destinations. You can choose from sport fishing around the local islands, reef fishing for fine table fish or freshwater fishing for barramundi in the local dams and impoundments. The better charter fishing operators provide top of the range fishing equipment, lunch and bait as well as cleaning your catch for you. Both day tours and extended trips are available. In the Mackay hinterland are many great places to visit. Tours to the the Eungella Nation Park are magnificent with pristine rainforest, mountain streams, fantastic views and sightings of Australia’s most elusive animal, the platypus. Tours are available into this region and if you are prepared to be patient, a platypus sighting is quite likely. The Cape Hillsborough National Park lies on the coast to the north and provides spectacular coastal panoramas.

Forest Flying

Mackay is a city that provides excellent facilities for locals and tourists alike. There is plenty of local accommodation in hotels, motels and resorts. The shopping plazas are fantastic and the nightlife provides a huge choice of restaurants, cafes and nightclubs. The Mackay marina is a great place to visit for excellent food and entertainment with the local tavern being especially popular.

If you come to Mackay for a holiday, you will be delighted with the local activities and specials.