The sugar capital of Australia is a tropical city on the coast that looks out over the glorious Great Barrier Reef. Despite having so many stunning attractions right at its fingertips, Mackay has been a slow learner when it comes to tourism, and only recently has the city started experiencing a small boom in visitors. Lush tropical rainforests and sprawling golden landscapes offers visitors a laid back yet, cosmopolitan region to explore and relax in.
The climate here is sub-tropical and gets a super amount of rain especially from November to April. If you are visiting during this time you will need to pack accordingly. If you are coming up from Melbourne, don't lug your winter overcoat over; a light windbreaker will do as the humidity is ever present.
Blue Water Lagoon - The best place to take the family in the heat, with 2 main lagoon areas, a water playground for the little ones, wading pools, water slides, BBQ areas, massive swimming pools for the whole family. Spend the day, have a BBQ, bring a picnic or just go to the cafe on site. Best part of all - it is completely free to everybody.
Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens - A truly beautiful place to experience; walk the trails, hire bicycles and cycle leisurely along the pathways, see the coal garden, tropical shade gardens, and enjoy endless kilometres of lush exotic and native plants.
Sarina Sugar Shed - Producing most of Australia's sugar cane, Mackay has a delightful mini sugar mill and distillery known as the Sarina Sugar Shed. Take a guided tour through 3 generations of sugar cane growth, process and milling. Grab the chance to taste their gourmet sauces, schnapps and liqueurs, and for the kids there is the irresistible fairy floss.
Blair Athol Coal Mine - A true adventure outing for all ages. The tour runs through the Blair Athol Coal Mine, and showcases how the working mine exports over 12 million tonnes a year of coal to all over the world.
Greenmount Homestead - Explore the fascinating history of Mackay evident everywhere on this farm. Developed by Albert Cook, their family housekeeper remains on site as a tour guide and caretaker. A whimsical journey through time in a very peaceful environment.
Mackay Marina Village and Shipyard - A stunning collection of luxury yachts at this world class marina village. Stop at one of the cafes, bars or restaurants, and watch the sun go down over the bay.
Eungella National Park - Loads of walking tracks in this lush national park which is home to an abundance of wildlife and birds. Watch the platypus feeding, and picnic under large red gums and swamp mahoganies.
Nebo Museum - The museum is a fascinating tribute to the pioneers of the gold rush era. Experience a trip through the 1800s, and enjoy the breathtaking art work from days gone by.
Harbour Beach - Popular among locals and tourists alike, there are great fishing, swimming and water sports activities. Complete with children's play area, picnic and shady BBQ spots, it's just ideal for a day out at the beach.