Mackay - Queensland Heartland


Great shopping in the centre of Mackay.

With some of Queensland’s most inspiring natural wonders - spectacular rainforests, pristine coral reefs, tropical islands, and authentic bush experiences - it is little wonder a delightfully undisturbed piece of Australia, the Mackay Region, is a popular destination for tourists seeking a delightful contrast to overcrowded tourist destinations elsewhere.

The Mackay Region is home to one of Queensland’s most spectacular wilderness areas, Eungella National Park, one of the few places in the world where you can spot a platypus in the wild.

For the traveller with a taste for adventure, a variety of tours are available through-out the Mackay Region to excite your senses.

  • Snorkel or dive the Great Barrier Reef. Enjoy the coral gardens off the nearby islands of Keswick, Brampton and Scawfell.
  • Go ‘Forest Flying’ through the canopy on a Flying Fox for a bird’s eye view of the rainforest.
  • Take your own pub crawl to authentic Aussie country hotels.
  • Discover Artspace Mackay, hosting continually changing local arts and major exhibitions throughout the year.
  • Experience the views from Mackay’s world-class marina while enjoying alfresco dining or the new Sports Bar set on the city’s tropical coastline.

Platypus Bush Camp, Finch Hatton Gorge, in the Mackay Hinterland is set on 20 acres of lowland rainforest bordering Eungella National Park. It plays host to a huge array of wildlife including the elusive platypus.

The Mackay Region has 31 unspoilt beaches waiting to be explored. And when the sun goes down, the leafy city heart comes alive with its busy clubs, bars, coffee shops and brassieres.

West of Mackay you’ll get a taste of genuine country-style hospitality in the Central Highlands and hinterland. Join the locals for some Outback fun at a rodeo, camp draft or country music festival. Fossick for gold, explore historic townships or experience life on the land at a farm stay.

Mackay is located halfway between Brisbane and Cairns and is easily accessible by air, rail, coach or road. Well served with an accommodation choice ranging from hostels and holiday apartments to campsites in a National Park.

Everyone’s made welcome in the Mackay Region, the Heart of Queensland.


Two Queensland beach babes. They like to hit the sand before the morning sun has even poked over the horizon. Meet a kangaroo on the beach at Cape Hillsborough.