Excellent weather, great beaches and close to the Whitsunday Islands.
We needed to stay for 5 more days !!
Gateway to some of the Barrier Reef islands, and a great town by itself.
This lovely beach is about a 3/4 hour drive from Mackay and is well worth the drive. Along the expanse of open beach there is a variety of caves, rock pools and geological structures to explore. Another intriguing aspect of this area is the local kangaroo population that regularly sunbakes on the beach. They are quite tame and can be patted though...more
Seaforth lies about 40 kilometres north of Mackay and has been one of the more popular beaches and day trip destinations for years. Facilities at this quaint beach community include a swimming enclosure, bowls club, nice park like surroundings and a large and well maintained caravan park right on the beach. There are also public toilets and...more
Each Sunday morning the City Heart comes alive with colourful stalls, rides, music and entertainment.You can find all sorts of merchandise for sale. Local fruit and vegetables, jewellery, handicrafts, flowers, cakes, pot plants, art and cosmetics etc.The Mackay Pipe Band usually put on a performance and there is always some form of entertainment...more
This hotel is situated at the Marina and on the waterfront overlooking the Whitsunday Islands. The...more
We had a strict criteria for selecting a hotel in Mackay as we were travelling with our 14 month...more
I stayed here whilst in Mackay on business for three nights. I travel quite a bit and have stayed in...more
This is my favourite restaurant! For me it ticks all the boxes. From the food to the service and the decor you can't go past it.Inside is nice and roomy with pleasant furnishings and the staff are always friendly and efficient. I always go for the chicken Gang Panang...a red curry dish made with coconut milk. The Pad Thai goes down well too!I...more
This place is a busy and popular steakhouse down on the Marina. They cater for both small and large groups and the service is quick and efficient.It is one of those places where they display the raw steaks and they always look fresh and tempting.It is open 7 days a week for lunch and dinner. I had a rib fillet which melted in my mouth...cooked...more
This Bistro/Restaurant has recently opened up in Mackay. It is situated below newly the erected Rivage condominium. Most of the seating is outside in pleasant surroundings and there are some tables inside.It is fully licenced and there is also a small gourmet deli/grocery store attached selling premium local produce. Nearby is a boardwalk along the...more
We flew with Australian budget airline Virgin Blue (tip: smuggle yourself a snack onboard because you don't get any food provided) and here is the nice view we got, flying into Mackay.
The airport doesn't look huge, and you just step out of the plane onto the tarmac, but when you reach the town itself, it's rather surprisingly large
Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre is situated in Norh Mackay. Not as big as Canelands but less conjested. An escalator takes shoppers from the underground carpark up to the main shopping area. Numerous boutiques, eateries and speciality stores. Also K Mart, Coles and Woolworths. What ever! Clothes, books, cosmetics, shoes, liquor, homewares, flowers...more
Mackay locals have a quirk with the English language compared to other areas. If you are talking to us we are likely to end our sentences with...'heh'.So we would say...'It's a nice day heh'. Or 'Gee it's hot heh!'. Or 'Nice day for the beach heh'.'We're not weird just a bit different...heh'more
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During the 'crushing' or the cane harvesting season cane trains traverse the countryside day and night. Pulled along by locos these long trains cart the cut cane from roadside 'cuttings' to the mills. Be aware as most often they cross roads and highways, and although their approach is signalled by lights they are sometimes hard to see. They travel...more
For anyone with kids they will know only too well how much they want to keep SOMETHING they have just found at the beach for a pet and the PROMISE they will look after it. But Beware! Somethings are not to be touched, let alone kept.
Toad fish may look cute but they are highly poisionous and will kill your kids, if in doubt, just put them back.
Shells are ok, right? Wrong. Some types are poisionous too, like the Conch Shell that shoots poisionous barbs out. So ask a lifegruard before picking up a cone shaped shell, as it may be the las ttime that you do.
Unique Suggestions: If you must go to the beach
1. swim between the flags
2. cheak for when stinger season is
3 ask if you are unsure of someting
4 wear sunsrean and cover up despite what you may see other s doing- you will get burt if you don't
Fun Alternatives: If you are tooscared by what i have said there are plenty of good wave pools and salt water pools. there may be one at you're hotel
A hat preferably wide brimmed. Swim wear and thongs will do at the beach. Maybe a sarong or two. Comfortable footwear for walking around.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen - a big bottle at least 15+ and mosquito repellent.
Photo Equipment: Heaps of film though you can buy some here if you run out.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Large beach towell.
This should really be a restaurant tip but because Nebo is so far from Mackay I thought it would be better as an off the beaten path tip.About an hours drive south west of Mackay is the small dusty township of Nebo. Situated along a dry desolate stretch of highway between Mackay and Moranbah it was always just a 'blink and you'll miss it' kind of...more
On the road south from Mackay towards Rockhampton is the Flaggy Rock Icecream and exotic fruit garden. A lovely place, we screeched to a halt and stopped here. I had a mixture of Macadamia nut, lychee & ginger and coconut & rum icecream for AU$3.40, lovley. That's what I find a lovely little thing about Australia, you can mix ice creams, you can't...more
For those interested in opera Melba House is a place to visit. It is the former home of Dame Nellie Melba who once lived in the pretty town of Marian outside Mackay.Before she became an opera star she married Charles Armstrong who was the Marian Mill Manager. The marriage was short lived however due to Nellie heading off to Melbourne to persue her...more
There are 5 golf courses in and around Mackay. Maleleuca, Mackay, Black Springs, Mirani and Sarina golf clubs ensure there is always somewhere you can enjoy a game.
Equipment: Equipment can be hired at all courses or of course you can bring your own.
If you decide to come to Mackay don't be put off by it being a 'tourist' spot. The town, though not large is big enough to let the tourists blend in so as not to stand out. I live here and can't really say I see any tourists, though I know they are here. The weather along with the location [ eg. Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef ] make Mackay a popular tourist destination without the huge costs of places like Cairns. It is not a mega international tourist distination that has been spoilt by the 'big bucks'. We have still retained our laid back lifestyle and homliness. In the winter months an incredible amount of southerners flock here to enjoy our weather. They come in droves, towing their caravans and staying for weeks or months. Some come back year after year like migratory birds!
Fondest memory: If someone was to ask me to list 5 things synonomous with Mackay I would say :
Another local feature is our river. It has been said that the Pioneer River is the only 'blue' river in Queensland. It meanders quietly along disecting the town in two. South, East and West Mackay on one side and North Mackay on the other. There are 3 bridges - Forgan Smith, Ron Camm and the Hospital bridge to choose from. These bridges are also popular fishing sites.
A new boardwalk has been established along the southern bank from the Forgan Smith bridge through to Caneland park. This walkway makes for a nice stroll. Shady pergolas provide quiet places to sit and relax or enjoy a picnic.