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With a quaint nickname like ‘Sugar Capital of Australia’ one could be forgiven for thinking Mackay is comprised solely of cane fields. The real Mackay will be a welcome and pleasant surprise! Attractive tropical streets fringed with palms, art deco architecture, luscious hinterland, pristine beaches, and a newly redeveloped marina lined with alfresco restaurants and cafes are what makes Mackay a truly special holiday destination.

Being a gateway to the Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef, Mackay revels in its own lavish selection of 31 spectacular beaches that are perfect for swimming, snorkelling, fishing, and soaking up some of the 300 days of sunshine. The closest Great Barrier Reef Islands, the Cumberland Islands, are just a short charter boat away, while other islands and parts of the reef are similarly accessible.

Take a scenic jaunt past the famed sugar cane pastures to Eungella National Valley, Pioneer Valley, or Finch Hatton Gorge where you will be hypnotised by enormous ancient trees, a prolific endemic population of wildlife, and breath taking views from the lookouts. Perhaps you’d like to appreciate the emeralds of the sub-tropical rainforest and intriguing native fauna without having to traverse through national parks? Enjoy the scenery at the Botanic Gardens or the waters of the Bluewater Lagoon without having to leave the town centre!

Discover some of Mackay’s agricultural and mining history by visiting the old bush towns of Nebo or Clermont to see the open cut mines, ancient landscapes, and outback lifestyle. Or stay in the city for a more chic holiday consisting of dining at the marina precinct overlooking the harbour full of yachts and enjoying the alfresco setting before heading off for a day of boutique shopping or coral reef cruises.

Much like the city itself, accommodation in Mackay varies in style, affordability, and location. Mackay is the perfect base for adventures of every kind from Great Barrier Reef exploration to lazy days spent on the beach swimming and sun baking to hiking through the subtropical rainforests of the National Parks. To choose the perfect Mackay accommodation for your next holiday speak to the experts at Discover Queensland on 1300 788 553.