The Great Barrier Reef, unspoiled coastal rainforests, golden sandy beaches and majestic mountains are all just a part of the welcome for visitors to these beautiful tropical areas encircling Mackay. The independence of the region in developing its thriving sugar and mining industries has meant that it has not been very popular as a tourist destination. That’s why the visitors coming to this area are really able to experience a part of tropical Queensland that has not been overwhelmed by tourism industry.
The city of Mackay has a population of around 70000 inhabitants; it is set on the Queensland Coast halfway between Brisbane and Cairns and is a prosperous center of the region. To the western part it is stretching for over 50000 he of lovely waterfalls, crystal streams and quaint towns. Cape Hillsborough National Park in the north provides its guests with greatly picturesque coastal rainforest lined right with the sandy beaches and rocky headlands.
With abundant natural fascination, Mackay has lots to offer both - locals and visitors alike - from the Great Barrier Reef in the eastern part to Eungella National Park (from aboriginal - “land of fallen clouds”) - in the west, there is plenty of attractions to enjoy in this remarkable area.
Mackay has two big shopping centers, numerous arcades, smaller shops and of course a Central Business District. All major and many smaller banks have at least one branch in the city of Mackay.
Some other attractions, which one should not miss if coming around include:
- Mount Pleasant Lookout – offering some stupendous views of the city.
- Fishing – the fishing lovers would be able to enjoy trevally, bream, snare jew, mackeral or tuna at the Mackay’s Harbour.
- Diving & Snokelling – the tropical islands off Mackay offer memorable diving experience.
- Caravans & Camping – there are three beautiful beachsides and several urban caravan parks available.
- Community Arts Project – about six hundred works depicting the region’s environmental beauty and natural attractions.
- Heritage Walk – one be able to feel the history of Mackay city and its surroundings.
Transportation within the area:
All roads in the region of Mackay are completely sealed and in excellent condition.
Coach: Seaforth Bus Lines, Mackay Coach Terminal
Taxi: City Cabs
Rail: Queensland Rail, Mackay Railway Station
Air: Qantas or Ansett, Mackay Airport
Please for Flights, Car-rental and other transportation bookings refer to the general Australia Transportation Reservations page.
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