Outback Towns

Mackay

Mackay has long been known as the ‘sugar capital’ of Australia; with crops being grown in the area since the town was a mere 2 years old.

About Mackay

Located on the East Coast of Australia, 970kms north of Brisbane and nicknamed the ‘sugar capital’ of Australia is the tropical and picturesque city of Mackay.

Mackay was founded and named after explorer and sailor John Mackay who led an exploration party to the Mackay region in January 1860, however the first European to reach the Mackay coast was Captain James Cook on 1 June 1770.

Mackay has long been known as the ‘sugar capital’ of Australia; with crops being grown in the area since the town was a mere 2 years old. These days Mackay boasts approximately 86,000 hectares of sugar cane crops and produces about 850,000 tonnes of raw sugar annually (for domestic use and export also).

The area is now also notable as a gateway to coal mining reserves of Central Queensland and the city is considered a location of choice for many mining service companies.

The city of Mackay is bordered, on the hinterland side, by spectacular rainforests and national parks and, on the coastal side, by sundrenched beaches and pristine coral reefs.  And if the picturesque terrain isn’t enough, there is plenty for tourists to the Mackay region to see and do;

  • Explore Eungella National Park - west of Mackay.
  • The Bluewater Trail – more than 20kms of pedestrian paths and bikeways.
  • The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens – beautiful tropical flora (just 5 minutes from the city centre).
  • Artspace Mackay – a gallery and museum.
  • Discover the many bronzed plaques, sculptures and mosaic tiles throughout the city centre.
  • Travel to a nearby secluded island.
  • Indulge in sunset walks, snorkelling the reef, swimming, beach fishing in the azure blue waters off the coast and sand castle building

At the end of the day, pick a local hotel/motel, Caravan Park, camp ground or resort to simply relax and enjoy the enviable coastal lifestyle.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Airport
  • Hospital
  • Medical Centre
  • Chemist
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs