Mackay has a score of hidden treasures and exciting experiences waiting to be uncovered – by you! Whether you wish to shop, go for a paddle in the calm Coral Sea or mingle with the locals at the bustling bars and nightclubs, Mackay’s got you covered. Enjoy the year-round, near perfect weather at the brand new Bluewater Lagoon and Quay, located right at the river’s edge.
Check out the beautiful botanic gardens, stunning palm beaches and the world-class Mackay Marina Village found only minutes from the CBD. Flowing alongside the CBD is the must-see Mackay icon, the sparkling blue Pioneer River! You can watch the dramatically changing river landscape from the Pioneer Promenade boardwalk and rotunda as the mighty six metre tide works its magic.
If you are looking for more of an educational experience, take the self-guided Heritage Walk past 20 lovingly restored heritage listed buildings and admire Queensland’s best collection of art deco architecture. Also see the funky Artspace Mackay and the Mackay Leisure Centre. With a backdrop of clear blue skies and the sparkling Coral Sea, Mackay offers travellers the exciting opportunity of exploring a host of off-shore tropical islands!
THINGS TO DO IN MACKAY
BLUE WATER LAGOON
Mackay’s Blue Water Lagoon is a great place to take a dip and soak up the sun. Centrally located and offering FREE entry its a no brainer stop for travellers. Chill out and enjoy the Queensland sunshine or duck under the large shaded seating area for an Aussie BBQ. Take some lunch with you to enjoy a totally free day out.
BLUE WATER TRAIL
This beautiful river walk stretches along the river Take a leisurely stroll or scenic bike ride along the award winning shared scenic trail whilst taking in much of the region’s natural beauty. Six of the region’s key attractions sit along the trail including the beautiful Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, the Sandfly Creek Environmental Walkway, the Catherine Freeman walk, the free three-tiered Bluewater Lagoon aqua park, Bluewater Quay (with barbecue facilities) and Iluka Park. Get active and enjoy the ‘ring of activity’, take a healthy lunch to get that feel good holiday feeling.
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