Mackay is a wonderful tropical Queensland paradise – below are some of its highlights.

Bluewater Lagoon

Regional Queensland at it best with a lot to offer for not just me but the entire family. Nice to have places of interest from the local council to get Queensland’s moving within the state. Close to the old city centre, Blue Water Lagoon is a beautiful place to spend time with family.

Bucasia Beach

Bucasia Beach is one of the longest beaches you can find in Mackay. Located in Northern Mackay, 23 kilometres away from The Waters Ooralea, Bucasia Beach is a famous destination for swimming and fishing. The southern end of the beach near the mangroves and sandy spits is heaven for fishermen and of course, fisherwomen and even fishertrans.

Cape Hillsborough National Park

This national park is teeming with beautiful wildlife, including the friendly wallabies and kangaroos that frequent the beach each morning at sunrise, tiger blue butterflies, sand monitors and lots of marine life. Cape Hillsborough National Park is also a place to explore walking tracks, volcanic boulders and an island only accessible at low tide.

Artspace

Right next to Mackay’s main street, the impressive Artspace building glitters with potential. Stop by and enjoy some of the travelling exhibitions it showcases or take part in some of the great workshops held there. Much of the programme is free and the rest of it is still within the easy reach of a budget traveller’s price range.

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens

Offer free guided tours for visitors to explore and enjoy the peaceful surrounds of one of Australia’s newest and most innovative botanic gardens. It’s not drawing crowds because they’re using digital marketing – it’s mostly word of mouth broadcasting its virtues.

Eungella National Park

Eungella National Park is located 2,500 feet above sea level. Eungella and scenic Finch Hatton Gorge are a leisurely hour drive inland and a must visit! They’re truly a content marketing dream with their breathtaking natural assets. Broken River is the best place in Australia to spot the iconic platypus in the wild.

Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant is a mountain and suburb of Mackay and the Mount Pleasant Centre is located in the heart of the suburb just across the Pioneer River from the CBD. Mount Pleasant Centre is home to Kmart, Coles, Woolworths and over 65 stores. There’s many pleasant and pleasurable things to do in Mount Pleasant, even getting your wisdom teeth removed in Mackay is a delight when you’re in such enjoyable surrounds.

Whitsunday Segway Tours

Explore the lush rainforest and picturesque coastal areas of the Whitsundays in a truly unique way with a guided Segway tour that offers a cavalcade of wonderful sights! A Segway is a mechanic, two-wheeled vehicle that saves your legs from walking and allows you to travel upright while taking in all the Whitsundays’ best scenery. Choose between two available Segway ride options – either head deep into the delightful greenery of the Conway National Park and follow the Whitsunday Great Walk, or for watery views take an itinerary that follows the Whitsunday Bicentennial Boardwalk with views out to vibrant Pioneer Bay and beyond.