Welcome to Mackay
Sitting at the heart of vast cane plantations covering land owned traditionally by the Yuibera people, Mackay is a prosperous, confident regional hub with good connections to major Australian centres, Eungella National Park and the southern Whitsunday Islands. Those who have the time or inclination to linger will find broad streets studded with handsome art-deco facades, a healthy nightlife and the region's best dining. Nestled between protected mangroves and a smart, beachy marina, Mackay has an unmistakably tropical feel that may encourage you to check in at one of its many excellent-value motels. North of town, a gorgeous, winding coastline rambles up to the wilds of Cape Hillsborough. A series of headlands and bays shelter small residential communities that welcome kite-surfers and caravaners to the area's best beaches.