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Mackay Travel Guide

Mackay is a commercial port city in Queensland with a humid sub-tropical climate. It’s still growing as a tourist destination, but tourist numbers have risen quickly in recent years. Mackay is situated about halfway between Brisbane and Cairns and is a popular place to stop off when travelling between the two cities.

Many people visit Mackay in order to take a trip to the islands of the Great Barrier Reef. Brampton Island, a National Park spreading over 400 hectares, is the best-known of these. Visitors can take a boat from the Mackay Marina and spend the day on the island, snorkelling around the Reef or enjoying the scenic walks. 

Mackay Marina Village is a peaceful place to spend some time, where you can swim at Harbour Beach or use the free barbecues at Mulherin Park. 

Mackay Festival of Arts is one of the city’s most notable events. It’s held annually throughout July, and visitors can take part in cheese-tasting sessions, watch the live music and comedy, and enjoy art, dance and drama.  The city centre is attractively decorated with tropical plants, and features the Entertainment Centre, and Mackay Region Botanic Gardens. Mackay has three main shopping centres. Caneland Central is the largest of these, with more than 130 specialty shops. 

Mackay can make a welcome, relaxing change from some of the more built-up coastal resorts, and is a good destination for anyone wanting to enjoy a peaceful but fun holiday. Download the free travel guide to find out more about attractions in the area.

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