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Introducing Mackay

An attractive town with palm-lined streets and art deco buildings, Mackay doesn’t quite make the tourist hit list. Instead, this big country coastal town caters more to the surrounding agricultural and mining industries. Although the redeveloped marina tries to entice with al fresco restaurants and outdoor cafes along its picturesque promenade, Mackay is more a convenient base for excursions out of town. It’s only a 1½-hour drive to the Whitsundays, a short flight to pretty Brampton Island and a scenic drive among the sugar-cane fields to Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park.