Town Profiles

Cape Hillsborough & The Hibiscus Coast

Teeming with an abundance of native beauty, Cape Hillsborough and the Hibiscus Coast, approximately 50KM north of Mackay. A star attraction is the rugged natural paradise of Cape Hillsborough National Park, where dense rainforest meets the ocean and volcanic rock formations add to the almost pre-historic ambience. The closest thing to a crowd here is the group of agile wallabies and Eastern Grey kangraroos that fossick in the morning tides at sunrise, the perfect chance to capture that 'ultimate…

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Mackay

Mackay /məˈkaɪ/ is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia.[2][3] It is located about 970 kilometres (603 mi) north of Brisbane, on the Pioneer River. Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia because its region produces more than a third of Australia's cane sugar.[4] There is controversy about the location of the region for administrative purposes, with most people referring to it as a part of either Central Queensland or North…

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Mackay Bluewater Lagoon

Enjoy a refreshing swim at Mackay City's Bluewater Lagoon, the fun of the beach within the city. Three tiers of lagoon pools provide a safe swimming environment within the Mackay Central Business District, close to barbecue facilities, public work-out equipment and playground on Bluewater Quay. With three age-appropriate lagoons of varying depths, an interactive children's water playground with water drop-bucket and a water slide, the lagoon is a perfect retreat for all ages. A feature waterfall…

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Mackay Botanical Gardens

The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is one of Mackay's most popular tourist attractions. It is home to a vast range of tropical flora from Mackay and the Whitsundays as well as other Australian native and exotic plants which feature in five 'culturally-themed' gardens. If you're an animal lover, you'll be pleased to find that the local wildlife has made a home amongst the plants and foliage, making…

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Mackay City Heart

Mackay City Centre is the soul of our city and our region’s hub of business, retail and hospitality. With almost 1000 traders operating in the city, it’s clearly a vibrant focal point of our region’s business landscape. In the past year alone, a plethora of new, diverse, quality businesses have shifted in and now proudly call it home. The charm of the city is reflected in the well-preserved 20th Century and art deco architecture,…

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Mackay Marina

The Marina is located on the best known stretch of coastline in Australia, often referred to as the “100 Magic Miles”. Mackay Marina is a convenient base for exploration of the world-famous Great Barrier Reef and the myriad unspoilt tropical islands that form the Southern Whitsundays. The reef and islands off the Mackay coast are unspoilt and pristine unlike the heavily touristed areas further north.…

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Marian

Marian is the gateway to the Pioneer Valley and is situated approximately 30 kilometres west of Mackay. This riverside town is home to the region's largest sugar mill; all sugar cane grown in the Valley is now crushed at this mill. The crushing season extends from mid June to November each year. Melba House is the Pioneer Valley's Visitor Information Centre and also the house in which famous Australian opera singer, Dame Nellie Melba, lived during her time in the area. It is an excellent spot to…

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Sarina Beach

Sweeping golden sand, gentle crashing waves and a popular location for nesting turtles is what makes Sarina Beach a hot-spot for visitors and locals alike. Only a few minutes from the town of Sarina, this beautiful beach is fringed by an esplanade park with barbecue and picnic facilities. Enjoy lunch overlooking the coastal vista at a beachside restaurant in the old Surf Lifesaving Club building. The beach is patrolled seasonally by the local Surf Lifesaving Club. Motel…

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