Mackay Travel Guide
Mackay © Ian B-M
Virtually surrounded by sugar cane fields and aptly nicknamed the 'sugar capital' of Australia, Mackay is nestled in the heart of the tropics and hosts thousands of visitors each year. With classic 19th-century colonial architecture and dozens of fabulous natural attractions, Mackay has a unique charm and a little something for everyone.
With the mighty blue Pioneer River flowing past the city, the surrounding areas boast spectacular rainforests in national parks and beautiful islands just off the coast of Queensland. Not to mention the palm-fringed golden beaches, relaxed atmosphere, fabulous shopping and nightlife opportunities and a close proximity to the world-famous Great Barrier Reef. It's not hard to see why visitors love this small coastal city.
Trek through the rainforest of the Finch Hatton Gorge to the waterfalls, spot the elusive platypus or bandicoot in the Eungella National Park, snorkel along the Great Barrier Reef, soak up the history at Outback towns such as Clermont and Nebo or along the Heritage Walk, visit the mining town of Blair Athol, or frolic along one of 31 unspoilt, pristine beaches such as at Cape Hillsborough where wild wallabies can be seen on the beach at sunrise.
Other activities available to visitors in Mackay include golf, fabulous reef, estuary and creek fishing, and even 4x4 trails, while those looking for some cultural activities can peruse Mackay's modern art gallery, Artspace Mackay, or stroll around the weekend markets to pick up some local crafts and produce, while the restaurant scene is something to be explored.
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