Welcome to Mackay

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Situated halfway between Brisbane and Cairns, Mackay is surrounded by lush rainforests, pristine white sandy beaches and the fertile Pioneer Valley. It is home to one of Australia’s richest sugar cane growing regions. Out to sea, The Great Barrier Reef’s colourful coral, fish and secluded islands provide a tropical playground for everyone. Excellent restaurants, beautiful parks and a vibrant art scene ensure there is something in Mackay for every taste and budget.


Population 81,000
Currency Australian Dollar (AUD) $ 1 = 100 cents
Opening hours Most shops are open Monday to Saturday from 9 am - 5 pm.
Caneland’s and Greenfield’s Shopping Centres and Sydney St Markets trade to 9 pm on Thursdays. Stores are closed on Sunday and public holidays, except for annual sales events.
Newspapers The Daily Mercury
Courier Mail (State)
Emergency numbers 000 (Police/Ambulance/Fire)
Tourist information Mackay Visitor Information Centre
320 Nebo Rd, West Mackay
+61 7 4944 5844