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Excellent weather, great beaches and close to the Whitsunday Islands.
We needed to stay for 5 more days !!
In a nutshell
Gateway to some of the Barrier Reef islands, and a great town by itself.
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.
Written Mar 12, 2005
Favorite thing: 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.
Updated May 30, 2007