Top things to do in Mackay

Top Choice Modern Australian in Mackay

The Dispensary

Divided into dining, cafe and bar spaces, this smart Mod Oz operation also has a divided menu: choose either individual mains (perhaps blackened salmon with ginger-passionfruit sauce or lamb rack with eggplant pickl…
Gardens in Mackay

Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens

Set on 33 hectares, 3km south of central Mackay, these gardens were first envisioned in 1878 yet didn't open until 2003. Taking their names from pioneer settlements that once stood here, and from the freshwater lago…
Modern Australian in Mackay

Fusion 128

One of the highlights of Mackay's burgeoning food scene, Fusion 128 is an excellent Modern Australian restaurant with a low-lit industrial design and casual atmosphere. It combines Asian flavours with classical Euro…
Barbecue in Mackay

Paddock & Brew Company

This US-style smokehouse and craft-beer bar serves up a variety of burgers – including buttermilk-marinated fried chicken and beer-battered fish – alongside pulled pork, brisket, ribs, sausage and buffalo wings. Wee…
Malaysian in Mackay

BNW Asian Cuisine

This little hole-in-the-shopping-centre-wall restaurant is a dead cert for authentic Malaysian and Cantonese food. Staples such as seafood laksa and char kuay teow (fat rice noodles wok-charred with cockles, egg and…
Pub Food in Mackay

Eimeo Pacific Hotel

Serving typical Australian pub fare of seafood, steak and pasta, the old Eimeo is more than the meals on its menu. The property has watched the sun set here since 1870 – the current structure has been up since 1954 …
Fusion in Mackay

Oscar's on Sydney

The delicious poffertjes (little sugar-dusted Dutch pancakes) are a major draw at this very popular corner cafe, but don’t be afraid to give dishes such as peanut-chicken quesadillas or Chinese-flavoured BBQ pork me…
Singaporean in Mackay

Kevin's Place

At Kevin's, housed in a marvellous deco building on Victoria St, large groups gather at round tables and share sizzling, spicy Singaporean dishes. It's difficult to go past classics such as mee goreng (fried noodles…
Lagoon in Mackay

Bluewater Lagoon

Backed by the Pioneer River and reassuringly stinger-free, this pleasant three-tiered artificial lagoon has kids' play areas, water slides, grassed picnic areas, free wi-fi and a cafe. A great place for families to …
Coffee in Mackay

Woodsman's Axe Coffee

The best coffee in town (from $4.30) – either espresso or filter, made from ever-changing single-origin beans – is bulked out with light eats at this self-styled 'eclectic hipster' coffee bar.