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Mackay - Cities, Towns and Localities

'Australia's Sugar Capital'

Mackay is home to the largest bulk sugar terminal in the world, is the largest sugar producing region in the country, with a sugar refinery and many sugar mills. With a population of over 80,000 residents and several famous islands just off the coast the Mackay region is a great place to explore central Queensland.

The region was first settled in 1862 by Captain John Mackay who say the promise in the location with fertile country and plentiful water in the Pioneer River. Within 20 years of settlement the region was the largest sugar producer in Queensland and has continued to grow into a bountiful city not only in natural resources but art and culture too.

Natural beauty abounds throughout this region, and you can make Mackay your base to experience the Great Barrier Reef, historic townships, miles of beaches, national parks, mountains, tropical islands and much more.

Check out our listing for Mackay accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Mackay Beaches © Mackay Visitor Information Centre

Information Centre Mackay Visitor Information Centre
320 Nebo Road
Ph: 07 4944 5888
Toll: 1300 130 001
Fax: 07 4952 2034

Town Hall Visitor Information Centre
Town Hall, 63 Sydney Street
Ph: 07 4951 4803
Fax: 07 4952 2034

Mackay Attractions

Artspace Mackay
• Gordon Street • Ph: 07 4968 4444
• Incorporates a 270-square-metre gallery, a permanent social history gallery, three different community workshop spaces and a café opening onto a park. Regular art classes in a variety of mediums are also held at the Town Hall in Sydney Street.
Cape Hillsborough National Park
If secluded sandy beaches are your thing then this park will be your heaven. Small park (816 ha) only 40 minutes drive north of Mackay with rocky headlands, mangroves, eucalypt and lush rainforests to explore.
Eungella National Park
• Tropical and sub-tropical rainforests meet in this large rugged park with diverse vegetation and fascinating wildlife. See platypus from the viewing platform. Rainforest discovery self-guiding trail. Drier northern end for experienced bushwalkers only.
Greenmount Homestead
• Historic Greenmount Homestead at Walkerston was the first property in the district and offers visitors a taste of years gone by.
Mackay Botanical Gardens
• Mackay’s long-awaited Regional Botanic Gardens has been designed to showcase the unique, diverse and sometimes spectacular vegetation of the central coast region. Meandering along the banks of The Lagoon, once the main channel of the Pioneer River, there are free tours of the garden on demand. There is a newly opened café and regular art displays.
Mackay Entertainment Centre 
• Ph: 07 4957 1700 • Email
• Extensive programme of arts and events held during the year.
Newry Islands National Park
• 5 km from the shore at Seaforth lies Newry Island and Rabbit Island, low lying islands with some open grasslands and open dry eucalypt forests, surrounded by coral reefs great for snorkelling and camping. Great day trip.
Whale Watching
• Mackay is a fairly new location on the whale watch location calendar, offering tours and charters to catch the annual migration of the Humpback Whales,  Southern Right Whales, and the Longfin Pilot Whales.

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Mackay Distance

Distance to Mackay
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Mackay:
• Bowen 192
• Brisbane 968
• Bundaberg 653
• Cairns 735
• Cape York 1,657
• Charters Towers 465
• Clermont 283
• Coolangatta 1,074
• Emerald 384
• Gladstone 443
• Gold Coast 1,050
• Hervey Bay 727
• Longreach 799
• Proserpine 125
• Rockhampton 335
• Townsville 391
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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