Mackay offers the quintessential Australian dream lifestyle: from its endless stretches of peaceful beaches, to the Great Barrier Reef and lush rainforests just a short journey away. These top local attractions make it so appealing to come home to the Mackay area.
There’s something for everyone at Bluewater Quay overlooking Pioneer River, whether you’re wandering through colourful public art or heading to Bluewater Lagoon for a dip. The Bluewater Trail takes you along the river’s edge.
Black’s Beach is the longest beach in the Mackay area and its 6 kilometre stretch provides plenty of space for swimmers, fishers and sunset walkers. Also nearby is gorgeous Bucasia Beach with its boat ramp at Eimeo Creek – the perfect spot to begin a day out on the water.
Artspace is easily amongst the best regional art galleries in the country, and each visit brings with it fresh installations and interactive programs for the school holidays. Visit for the markets, a gallery tour or simply for a tasty lunch in the café.
Dining and nightlife
Mackay has a sophisticated side to it and there are some great eating spots to experience of a weekend. Head to Paddock & Brew for a craft beer and gourmet burger, or to BURP.eat.drink for delicately presented modern Australian fare. In the mood for some top pub grub? The Shamrock Hotel has you covered.
Slade Point is the ultimate place in Mackay to experience a sunrise to yourself or to watch a spectacular sunset light up the ocean. Look out towards the islands of the Great Barrier Reef on a clear day, and enjoy a picnic as you keep a lookout for whales during their migration season from June until November.
Eungella National Park
It’s unlikely you’ll ever need an escape from the sun-kissed beaches of Mackay, but travel just a little over an hour away and you’ll find yourself in a different world completely. Eungella National Park offers dense sub-tropical rainforest with amazing diversity – it’s said to have around 860 plant species. You might spot a platypus in the creeks here if you’re lucky!
The Great Barrier Reef
Of course, there are two world-class icons just a stone’s throw away when you live in Mackay. People travel from all over the world to snorkel or dive on the Great Barrier Reef and to stay and play amongst the 74 Whitsunday Islands. Take some quality time out on these flawless beaches that are so incredibly close to home.
Feeling ready to build in the area? Arrange a visit our display homes in Mackay’s Northern Beaches before you do anything else and envisage your lifestyle close to the area’s top attractions.