Mackay Travel Guide

Acknowledged as a significant regional capital, previously Mackay was better known as the gateway to the Whitsundays however as its tourism scene continued to grow, the city has earned itself a reputation as a leading tourist destination. Now a major urban hub, Mackay blends the old with the new, brining mining and crop growing, grazing country and lush rainforest together, where the land meets the sea. Even Mackay's weather is welcoming.

Home to a number of spectacular beaches, the almost endless kilometres of relaxation stretch into the south where tropical luxury extends into the iconic Whitsunday Islands. Brampton Island is one of the most popular resorts with both domestic and international visitors however, there are also a stunning range of mountains and plains in Mackay that air the national economy with the riches they produce. More about the Islands off Mackay

The spectacular scenery and warm, sunny weather of Mackay makes it the ideal outdoor playground. Visitors love spending their time having fun in the sun with the excellent swimming, snorkelling, diving and sailing that is available in Mackay. With a more focused approach to hospitality, Mackay continues to grow in popularity as a North Queensland holiday destination of choice.


Part of Mackay's rising tourism star is its excellent range of accommodation options. Conveniently located within minutes of the town centre and all the popular local activities and attractions, the wide range of Mackay accommodation offers everything from budget friendly motels to luxury hotels, family friendly resorts and much more.


The Mackay radar stands as a monument to the subtropical climate that it tracks. Whether you get there through Mackay airport or on Highway One, you'll get a warm welcome in Mackay, Queensland-style. Mackay Weather