Once known as the “sugar capital of Australia” due to the large quantities of cane sugar being produced in the town, Mackay, Australia is today a developing tourism hotspot because of its proximity to popular nearby attractions like the Great Barrier Reef. Mackay itself isn’t lacking in fun either—from the annual Festival of Arts to the stunning Bluewater Trail, there’s something for everyone. This up-and-coming destination is sure to soon experience an exponential rise in popularity, so visit today to experience fewer crowds and a quieter atmosphere.
Start off your visit to Mackay with a stop at the Mackay Visitor Information Center. This helpful spot will help you to efficiently plan your stay in Mackay. After getting your bearings, take your pick of one of Mackay’s top attractions. Nature-lovers will be in heaven in Mackay—the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens is one of the most highly rated spots in the town. Make sure to also stop by the Orchid Display House. If you’re looking to spend more time outdoors, you’re also in luck! The Bluewater Lagoon is arguably the most popular attraction in Mackay—this free waterpark is loved by kids and adults alike. Take a bike ride through the Bluewater Trail for a glimpse of some beautiful natural scenery. If you’re looking for some retail therapy, Mackay has you covered—the Caneland Central Shopping Center has a fantastic variety of shops and restaurants. Mackay isn’t lacking in beaches either for you sun worshippers—try Bucasia Beach, Town Beach, Slade Point, or Dolphin Heads to get your fix. Mackay also has an interesting history, particularly considering its importance in sugar production in Australia. Cap off your visit to the town with a visit to the Mackay Museum to learn more.
Mackay is an ideal home base for day trips due to its centralized location to nearby attractions. For example, three of Australia’s top attractions—the Great Barrier Reef, Eungella National Park, and the Whitsunday Islands are all only a short distance from Mackay.
Accommodations in Mackay can be found to match the needs of even the pickiest traveler. There are tons of options to be right in the center of the town’s hustle and bustle, and options closer to the beach (perfect for relaxation!). We make it easy to find the perfect place to stay—we offer Mackay vacation rentals and Mackay short term rentals throughout the town. You can compare rentals in the area by price, ratings, reviews, and more on Tripping. Book your Mackay rental today!
Many visitors choose to drive to Mackay—it’s intersected by both the A1 and Highway 70. However, there’s also an option to travel to Mackay by rail—the town is connected to Brisbane and Cairns by Queensland Rail. Lastly, Mackay Airport is served by several major airlines.
Looking for a vacation rental in Mackay? Tripping.com has 72 vacation rental homes available in Mackay. You'll find 0 studios, 58 1-bedroom, 10 2-bedroom and 4 rentals with 3 or more bedrooms ranging from $25 a night. For extra convenience, many of these vacation homes can be booked directly online.
The average price of a nightly rental in Mackay is $79 while the average price of a weekly rental is $25. For those looking for more than a short term rental such as corporate rentals, extended stays or long term rentals, the average monthly price of a Mackay home is $25.
Wondering if you can bring your dog or cat along with you? There are 3 pet-friendly vacation rentals available in Mackay. In addition to accommodating pets, Mackay rentals offer a variety of amenities. In particular, 64 rentals have Internet and WiFi, 55 have TV and/or cable and 51 have a pool or hot tub.Search properties from 5 vacation rental sites in Mackay where the top providers in that area are Booking.com, Expedia, and Agoda. There are 27 Booking.com rentals, 25 Expedia short term rentals and 16 Agoda vacation rentals.