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Mackay Area Highlights & Essential Things To Do
Discover Your Local Mackay Area
North of Brisbane sits the town of Mackay, a regional town nicknamed the “sugar capital” of Australia. However there’s more to the Mackay region than just sugar cane! There are plenty of coastal places to visit and local things to do that are sure to keep all visitors busy all day long.
The tropical town is home to some of the best beaches in Queensland. Summer lasts all year long in this part of the country, so any time is a good time for a dip in the ocean. Visit the beaches that line the shores of Glenella, Andergrove or the Whitsundays. You’ll find some of the best beaches in the Whitsundays area including Whitehaven Beach, Hamilton Island and Daydream Island. Grab your fishing line or strap on that bikini and head out for a day by the beach!
Mackay is surrounded by picturesque and clear blue waters so it’s only fitting that most of the events in the area celebrate just that. Be in town in August for the annual Airlie Beach Race Week or head north for the annual Hamilton Island Race Week. Cheer on your favourite sailors from the shore and soak up some sun while the yachts race their way into glory.
If you’ve had enough of the sun, kick back and relax at the Bowen Cinemas. The theatre provides a mixture of screen and stage productions to keep you entertained throughout the night.
More than just a coastal town, the region is also home to a number of parks and gardens. Explore some of the ancient and historic national parks and reserves. Grab a pair of walking shoes and lose yourself in some of the most beautiful bushland and rainforests in the state. The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens are a great place to see the best of everything nature has to offer in this part of the world.
Whether you’re a beach bum or an adventure junkie, you’re sure to enjoy the Mackay region and everything it has to offer.
Mackay Events & What's On
- 2017 Audi Hamilton Island Race Week Hamilton Island
- U3A Art Exhibition Old Town Hall
- Marian Markets Holy Rosary Church
- Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets Lions Airlie Beach Community Markets
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