Welcome to Mackay
‘The Heart of Queensland’
Secluded islands and beaches, spectacular rainforests and national parks, pristine coral reefs, exciting fishing spots, historical townships, genuine country hospitality, scenic drives, great shopping and fabulous dining- you’ll find it all here in the Mackay Region!
Follow your heart to a perfect balance of inspiring natural beauty and man-made attractions. The Mackay Region offers a unique holiday experience that is an affordable and diverse escape from the crowds. Relatively undiscovered, the Mackay Region will provide a style of comfort and hospitality that will exceed your expectations.
Located midway between Brisbane and Cairns, the Mackay Region coastline stretches 200 km north from St Lawrence to Laguna Whitsunday’s, and inland to the town of Clermont. The region’s rich and colourful past is economically founded upon sugar, coal, beef and tourism. Today, the community is proud of its Aboriginal, South Sea Islander and colonial heritage.
Beautiful Mackay, unrivaled Tropical Weather and great Australian Spirit!
The Mackay Region is becoming increasingly popular as a holiday destination for travellers seeking an unspoiled, friendly contrast to other over-developed, over-crowded destinations found elsewhere on the coast. Here the weather is superb year round, with temperatures in the warmer months from 24°c to 33°c and winter temperatures a comfortable 16°c to 24°c. The waters remain at a warm 18°c to 26°c year round.
The region is home to a variety of exotic wildlife such as the platypus and dugong, rare birds and butterflies. The picturesque landscape includes dramatic coastal scenery, highland waterfalls, gorges and mountains, and lush lowlands which are home to Mackay’s famous sugar plantations. Away from the coast, and beyond the ranges, Queensland’s vast Outback beckons with an intriguing cultural heritage and the traditional authentic, warm Aussie welcome of small towns such as Nebo, Moranbah, Capella, Dysart, Middlemount, Glenden and Clermont.