To reach the beautiful Cedar Creek Falls, turn off the Proserpine–Airlie Beach road on to Conway Rd, 18km southwest of Airlie Beach. It’s then about 15km to the falls; the roads are well signposted. This is a popula…
Mackay's marina is a little out of town, but well worth the trip to wine and dine with a waterfront view, or to simply picnic in the park and stroll along the breakwater. Good fishing, too.
Mackay’s pleasant artificial lagoon near Caneland Shopping Centre has water fountains, water slides, grassed picnic areas, free wi-fi and a cafe.
Artspace Mackay is a welcoming regional art gallery showcasing works from local and visiting artists. Chew over the masterpieces at on-site noshery Foodspace.
On 33 hectares, 3km south of the city centre, these gardens are a must-see for flora fans. Home to five themed gardens and the Lagoon cafe-restaurant (open Wednesday to Sunday).
About 1km past the day-use area, there’s a 2.4km walk up to the Mt Rooper lookout, with good views of the Whitsunday Passage and islands.
Showcases locally made handicrafts and assists with visitor information.