Mackay is a vibrant exciting tropical city, booming from the richness of sugar and mining. Mackay was settled in 1862, named after one Captain John Mackay who discovered the valley of the Pioneer River.
The climate and environment of the Mackay area soon attracted families and today more than 75,000 people live in Mackay. More and more “Southerners” are drawn by the promise of sunshine, warmth and relaxed family living.
Mackay’s close proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and some of the world’s most prized rainforests make it a holiday destination for many thousands of visitors.
Mackay has three main shopping centres with more than 400 speciality stores – Caneland Shoppingtown, Mount Pleasant Shopping Centre and The City Heart.
Mackay Region has 31 beaches for you to visit and explore. Cape HillsboroughEnjoy leisurely walks, swimming, and fishing or just sit and watch the kiteboarders and windsurfers ride up and down the water. Some of the region’s best beaches include Eimeo Beach, Blacks Beach, Shoal Point, Harbour Beach and the spectacular beach at Cape Hillsborough National Park, where the rainforest literally meets the sea.
The Mackay region boasts some of the most spectacular fishing spots along the Queensland coast. Experience the best fishing in a range of areas including the beach, reef, estuarine, fresh water creeks and in-land dams. Check with Mackay’s local bait and tackle shops for tide times and further advice about fishing in the region.