Go Gold Fossicking
In 1861, the discovery of gold in Clermont triggered one of Queensland’s major gold rushes. Today, you can still fossick and pan for gold.
Go Stand Up Paddle Boarding
A must do, learn the art of stand up paddle boarding within the beautiful Mackay marina.
Fine Dine in the City
Experience the the stylish and diverse flavours igniting the Mackay culinary scene.
Port Haypoint Lookout
Marvel at one of the world’s most efficient coal ports. At 4km long, it also features the second largest coal loading jetty in the world!
Walk the Kommo-Togra Trail
Stroll through this spectacular walking trail situated in a Melaleuca Rainforest in the Mackay Port Conservation Area.
Zumba in the City
Free Zumba classes in the city centre feature exotic rhythms set to high energy Latin and international beats.
Have a High Tea
High tea is served on a three tier cake stand with ribbon sandwiches, light and fluffy scones and a selection of mini cakes and tartlets.
Catch a Redclaw or Barra
Teresa Creek Dam is the ultimate place to catch a Redclaw or Barra, it’s also been stocked with Golden Perch, Jewfish, Saratoga and Silver Perch.
Blokarting is a social way to enjoy the many beaches in the Mackay region.
Mackay Airport Beach Horse Racing Festival
A four day event based around the unique Mackay Airport Beach Horse Races. The festival celebrates all things racing, food, wine and fashion!
Wallabies on the Beach
The closest thing to a crowd at Cape Hillsborough during a beachfront stroll is a friendly of family of wallabies.
Join A Cooking Class
Prepare and cook your own meals with an experienced Chef before sitting down to spend some quality time together.
Join A Running Club
Have fun and learn to run in a social setting with like-minded people of all ages! See the region on foot and get fit.
Buy Local Arts and Crafts
Browse arts and crafts that represent the best of the region to suit all tastes and budgets.
Visit the Lanes Festival
The Lanes Easter Carnival brings the city centre to life on Easter Sunday with an exciting, family-friendly street party.
Do a Farm Tour
From harvest to mill, paddock to plate, explore the unique inner workings of a farm plus the largest sugar storage facility in the world.
See a Show at the MECC
There is always a fantastic range of shows and events happening at the MECC from all genres and to suit all ages.
Visit an Art Gallery
Artspace Mackay is a regional art gallery providing the community and its visitors with access to a wide range of cultural experiences.
Try Fly Boarding
Flyboarding is really much easier than you think and once you are up it is pure adrenalin and fun.
Dine on the Pioneer River
Experience ‘Bridges’, a friendly, family owned restaurant overlooking the serene Pioneer River.
Take a Day Trip To Keswick Island
Nestled within the turquoise waters of the Great Barrier Reef, lies a world of undiscovered treasures. Keswick Island is a natural wonderland.
Do a Farm Stay
Enjoy a farm stay and take a leisurely horse ride on meandering trails through grassland and lush rainforest.
Visit Nebo Museum
The museum is a tribute to the pioneers of the past and is well worth a visit. Discover a story about the way of life of the early pioneers.
Go Beach Fishing
The beach fishing here is some of the best in the state with bream and whiting on the menu.
Go Hang Gliding
Soar across the emerald mountain tops and soak in the valley views.
Visit a Historic Pub
Visit the heritage listed Nebo pub.
Be Pampered in the Bush
A spiritual center and day spa, set in the lush green hills. Catering for physical relaxation and healing of the mind, body and soul.
Swim Finch Hatton Gorge
Finch Hatton is a popular spot with waterfalls that flow all year round, swimming holes and walking tracks.
Picnic at Lords Table Mountain
Introduce yourself to the brilliant hues and unusual shapes of this majestic mountain, while marvelling at the peak’s sheer size and scope.
Snorkel in the clear cool waters, watch as cheeky parrot fish dart between vivid corals. Swim from the beach or on a supervised boat trip.
Relax at Kinchant Dam
The beautiful park area overlooking Kinchant Dam is ideal for picnics. Enjoy fishing, bushwalking and mountain bike riding.
Dive in Platypus Waters
The experience of a lifetime, dive in the rainforest’s crystal clear water with turtles, fish and if you’re one of the lucky ones a platypus.
4WD at Cape Palmerston
Cape Palmerston National Park, is known as a perfect spot for sightseeing, 4WD’ing, crabbing and fishing.
Go Horse Riding
Trot, canter or gallop your way through grassland and lush rainforest.
Shop at Caneland Central
Caneland Central is fully enclosed and offers an extensive range of stores and services.
Visit Sarina Tourist Art and Craft Centre
Sarina is well known for the quality of the art and craft produced by its very talented residents. Take home a unique memento of your trip.
Thiess River 2 Reef Charity Ride
The River 2 Reef Ride is a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the glorious scenery Mackay has to offer while raising money for worthwhile causes.
Hike Crediton Forest
Watch a Platypus feed busily in the river, and rainforest birds flitting through the majestic forest. Make sure to pack your binoculars.
A family-friendly festival, set beside St Helens Creek. The cosy festival boasts some of Australia’s best world music performers.
Go Cable Wakeboarding
Go Wake offers a unique watersport experience for young and old. Rip, ride and shred your favourite tricks on the water.
Stay At A Luxury Wildlife Retreat
Relax and unwind in modern retreats, nestled in a beautiful tropical setting with stunning views and breathtaking scenery.
Take Heritage Tour
The Heritage Walk of Mackay’s Central Business District highlights some of the city’s magnificent turn-of-the-century architecture.
Stroll Blacks Beach
Blacks Beach is the area’s longest stretch of beach, lined with tropical gardens. It’s a great place to watch the Pacific roll in at sunset.
Visit Historical Melba House
Explore the home of acclaimed opera singer Dame Nellie Melba. Discover a beautiful array of photos, recordings, memorabilia, books and more.
Laser tag is a modern-day version of cops & robbers and cowboys & Indians bought into the modern world using hi-tech equipment.
Spot a Platypus
Broken River is recognised as the world’s most certain place to see these elusive creatures in the wild. All you need is a bit of patience.
Mackay Marina Run
A real fun run with entertainment along the course at including jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and folk music to enhance the great feel of the event.
Bikes, Bulls, Buggies & Bands
Head to Donnybrook Station for a wild but family friendly experience featuring bikes, bulls, buggies and bands.
Go Strawberry Picking
Pick your own mouth watering strawberries fresh from the farm! There’s also a jumping castle, scones and fantastic Strawberry milkshakes.
Shop for Sapphires at the Leap
See a master craftsman create beautiful pieces from precious stones.
Take an Art Trail
Do a Bluewater Trail public art walk.
Splash in our 31 Beaches
Enjoy the year-round, near perfect weather in the vibrant tropical city of Mackay by taking a dip in one of our 31 beaches.
Global Grooves Festival
Celebrate Mackay’s cultural diversity with a free open-air event. Explore music, food and culture while travelling the globe in a day!
Taste our Local Produce
Freckle Farm is a family owned, eco-friendly farming business selling eggs, meat and seasonal produce direct to customers.
A pleasant easy walking course, you will find our social tees challenging but enjoyable – a test of skill but built for fun.
Swim at Bluewater Lagoon
Bluewater Lagoon is a safe, stinger-free swimming environment overlooking the picturesque Pioneer River in the heart of Mackay.
Go Kite Surfing
Kite surfing is exhilarating! It’s fast, it’s extreme and it will change your life forever.
Lunch with a View in Eimeo
The historic Eimeo Pacific Hotel overlooks the Whitsunday Coast, Brampton, Keswick and St Bees islands set against the serene Pacific.
Visit Mango Avenue
Mango Avenue is the focal point of the beautiful Eimeo. The 80 year old trees form a spectacular canopy and remain a must-see tourist attraction!
See the Mackay region from a different perspective, 12,000 ft up and a 49 second free-fall. The ultimate adrenaline and adventure sport.
Visit City Boutiques
Take the time to wander Victoria and Wood streets, shopping hub of the Mackay City Centre.
Explore Finch Hatton Gorge
Tour a Sugar Mill
If you’re curious about how a sugar mill works and how sugar cane is turned into sweet and yummy sugar, then a Sugar Mill tour is a must.
St Lawrence Wetlands supports a colourful and diverse range of birdlife, with 92 bird species recorded in total.
Forest flying at Finch Hatton
Glide through the rainforest canopy and get a whole new perspective on this endangered habitat.
Visit Orchid House
Surrounded by a cool oasis of majestic trees and tropical gardens, Orchid House features a large collection of stunning orchids.
Mackay Great Highland Walk
The walk features stunning scenes of dense rainforest, deep gorges, steep escarpments and tranquil glades.
Try a Famous Pinnacle Pie
Pinnacle and the Pioneer Valley sit amid fields of lush green sugarcane and rolling hills, the perfect setting to stop for a world-famous pie.
Do Yoga on the Beach
All the benefits of Yoga but with the beauty of the beach.
Dine in the Rainforest
Beautifully located in the rainforest right next to the creeks, dine on delicious healthy meals among the trees.
Blast through the water and brace yourself for amazing stunts, incredible spins, twists and sweeping fishtails on the azure waters.
Do the Art Deco Walk
Mackay has an outstanding collection of Art Deco architecture from the early 20th Century.Take the walk and learn more.
Visit Lamberts Beach Lookout
Lamberts Beach offers fabulous sea views out to the Cumberland Islands and is great for whale watching during the winter months.
Fish Boat or Camp Eungella Dam
The dam is stocked with Sleepy Cod, Barramundi and more. Launch a boat to catch an over-sized Sooty Grunter.
Camp at Seaforth
Seaforth is a small coastal holiday and fishing town. Grab your family, pitch a tent on the foreshore and simply unwind.
Have Homemade Scones
A unique venue set in lush tropical gardens. The teahouse is the perfect stop for a delicious devonshire tea or homemade cakes.
Visit an Alpaca & Miniature Farm
Enjoy miniature animals thriving in the tranquility of the free flowing fields, surrounded by the ranges of the Pioneer Valley.
Cocktails in the City
The Dispensary delivers a high quality bar experience right in the heart of the city.
Drive the Mining & Heritage Trail
This unique self-drive escape will introduce beautiful landscapes, historic towns, vibrant communities, and impressive man-made works!
Watch Mackay Cutters in action
Support our local NRL team at one of their home games & watch the action.
Visit Mackay Marina
Eat, dine and shop at our award winning marina and sweeping ocean views.
Visit Cape Hillsborough
Walk the Juipera Plants Trail which illustrates the way the Juipera Aboriginals used the park’s native plants for survival.
Visit Cape Palmerston National Park
Cape Palmerston National Park features unspoilt beaches and rocky headlands, with Mount Funnel towering to 344 metres.
Visit the Botanical Gardens
A vast range of tropical flora from Mackay and the Whitsundays feature in five ‘culturally-themed’ gardens.
Take a Tiger Moth Joy Flight
Fire up the engines of a restored Tiger Moth and take to the skies over the Mackay Coast.
Visit Sarina Sugar shed
A fully interactive tour featuring fully-functioning miniature sugar processing & distilling equipment. Take the tour, taste the action!
Visit Greenmount Estate
After careful restoration, the former farm is Mackay’s most valued heritage attraction and a popular destination for visitors and locals alike.
The Mackay Show
Three days of non-stop entertainment is scheduled, with interesting displays and exhibits, along with the ever popular Sideshow Alley.
Aqua Fun Park
Cool down at a giant inflatable fun park for everyone. Jumping, sliding and playing around on inflatable obstacles located on a fresh water lake.
Trail Bike Tours
Riding as it should be – fun, social and challenging. Explore the Pioneer Valley, Eungella National Park and more.
Lunch with a View in Eungella
The Chalet is a renowned pit stop for the weary traveler, providing a licensed bar and restaurant along with fantastic Pioneer Valley Views.
Do the Bluewater Trail
Get out and explore the Bluewater Trail. Take a leisurely stroll or scenic bike ride whilst taking in the region’s natural beauty.
Clermont Historical Centre
The museum has a collection of 8,000 historical artefacts including a power shovel and an old steam engine used to shift the town after the flood.
Climb Wolfgang Peak
Climbers will discover a 360° view of the surrounding farmland and National Park offering some of the most unique panoramas in Queensland.
Mackay Mountain Marathon
Pedal your way through lush rainforest, then head out to tackle the back country before finishing above the clouds and on top of the world!
Do a Fishing Charter
Experience a fun filled day fishing the picturesque surrounding islands, reefs and shoals of the Great Barrier Reef.
Mackay Festival of Arts
The Mackay Festival of Arts is an exciting program of music, dance, comedy and theatre – Make sure to check it out!
Look out for performers popping out of every nook and cranny as part of the Anywhere Theatre Festival.
Kayak at Newry Island
Discover Newry Island in a sea kayak. Enjoy the rainforest clad coastline and beaches and the pristine environment below the water.
Explore 22 kilometres of bushwalking tracks through this beautiful rainforest with breathtaking views and cool swimming holes.
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