Things to do in Mackay

Mackay and surrounding areas boast some of the best sandy beaches, ancient reefs, and tropical rainforests in Queensland. Its tropical climate and coastal lifestyle makes it a popular tourist destination all year around. The vibrant cosmopolitan areas surrounding Mackay CBD feature palm-fringed promenades, family-friendly leisure facilities, fine dining restaurants, casual eateries and cafes, and regular local markets offering a diversity of produce and crafts.

Bluewater Lagoon

Located 2 minutes walking distance from our front door the Bluewater Lagoon is a free family-friendly leisure facility overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River. Covering an area equivalent to three Olympic size swimming pools, Bluewater Lagoon provides a safe all-round stinger-free swimming environment.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is one of Mackay's most popular tourist attractions. It is home to a vast range of tropical flora from Mackay and the Whitsundays as well as other Australian native and exotic plants which feature in five 'culturally-themed' gardens. If you're an animal lover, you'll be pleased to find that the local wildlife has made a home amongst the plants and foliage, making for excellent bird watching opportunities and insect spotting. Mackay's Botanic Gardens also serves as a pleasant recreational facility featuring over three kilometres of walking and cycling trails and a unique Cafe and Gallery overlooking the beautiful lagoons for those who just want to relax with a cup of coffee and admire the view.

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The Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre (MECC) is located in the heart of Mackay and is just a short stroll away from a plethora of City Centre restaurants, an award-winning Regional Art Gallery, hotels, a library, shopping precincts and our magnificent blue water Pioneer River. The Centre is easily accessible via foot, car, bike or bus and approximately 10 minutes via taxi from the Mackay Airport.

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Discover the arts and culture of the Mackay region when you visit Artspace Mackay, the regional art gallery and museum in the centre of the city. This architecturally award winning building provides visitors with an opportunity to learn about the people and history of Mackay through the Spirit and Place: Mementos of Mackay exhibition. Group tours can be booked with well trained volunteer guides who will provide visitors with insights into the exhibitions on display.

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Nestled within the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park, just a stone’s throw from the tropical Queensland city of Mackay, lies a world of undiscovered treasures. Keswick Island is a natural wonderland – a world of national parks and tropical rainforests, fringed by white sands and a coral reef bursting with vibrant marine life.

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