MACKAY CITY & ISLANDS
Welcome to Mackay - The Heart of Queensland
Mackay is a vibrant and stunningly picturesque region rich in the wealth of Great Barrier Reef Islands, national parks, scenic surrounding areas, spectacular city beaches and the historic Eton & Homebush, a sugar growing area south west of Mackay.
Located midway between Brisbane and Cairns, the Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 km north from St Lawrence to Laguna Whitsunday’s, and inland to the town of Clermont.
Things to do and see:
Isolated islands and beaches, amazing rainforests and national parks, pure coral reefs, electrifying fishing spots, historical townships, great shopping - you’ll find everything here in the Mackay Region!
Imagine a city with as many as 31 beaches that you could visit a different one everyday! Enjoy leisurely walks, swimming, fishing or just watch the windsurfers traverse up and down the water. Some of the best beaches include Eimeo Beach, Blacks Beach, Shoal Point, Harbour Beach and the spectacular beach at Cape Hillsborough National Park, where the rainforest literally meets the sea - a spectacular sight!!!!!!
The best way to take pleasure in the wonders of the Reef in this region is from Brampton, Carlisle, Scawfell, Keswick and St Bees Islands. These islands are surrounded by splendid coral reefs and are all national parks. From June to end August, whales can be heard as well as seen underwater. Not only this, whale calving has been sighted in Connie Bay and the secluded wasters of Keswick Island.
Keswick and St Bees Islands are separated by a narrow channel and are famous for their historical shipwrecks; and grand snorkelling and diving sites.
At Keswick Island, take a dive over diverse and colourful coral gardens. St Bees Island is home to a large colony of koalas.
Scawfell Island has magnificent scenery of granite cliffs and rainforest-covered steep mountain slopes. It is a well-liked nesting area for marine turtles.
Brampton Island offers lush national park surrounds, and marvellous snorkelling sites, with an abundance of marine life including fish, turtles, stingrays and sea urchins.
Mackay Regional Botanic Garden: the gardens were opened in 2003 and display the different cultures from throughout the region through an assorted range of vegetation. The quaint landscape also overlooks the extensive South Sea Island Lagoons and Meeting House.
The region is home to a variety of striking wildlife such as the platypus and dugong, rare birds. The picturesque landscape includes dramatic coastal scenery, highland waterfalls, gorges, and luxuriant lowlands which are home to Mackay's famous sugar plantations. Away from the beaches, warm Australia welcomes you to the traditional heritage of small towns such as Nebo, Moranbah, Capella, Dysart, Middlemount, Glenden and Clermont.
For sports and adventure lovers: Within the Mackay region, there are three excellent golf courses, and it's a short northern drive to one of Australia’s best resort golfing facilities at Laguna Whitsunday's.
The Mackay region also has some of the most spectacular fishing spots in a range of areas including the beach, reef, estuarine, fresh water creeks and in-land dams.
Discover the art and culture of this region- visit the award winning Artspace Mackay, the regional art gallery and museum located in the city centre that regularly hosts many art exhibitions.
Gorgeous Mackay with matchless tropical weather and great Australian spirit!