Things to See and Do

Near Mackay, Queensland, Australia

Visitors to Mackay will become captivated by the amount of natural attractions and man-made spectacles, historical buildings and sites, as well as the abundance of activities this town has to offer. It combines an array of city and country style attractions that are sure to knock your socks off! If you’re after an outback hinterland adventure, head to historic bush-towns like Nebo or Clermont to discover…

Visitors to Mackay will become captivated by the amount of natural attractions and man-made spectacles, historical buildings and sites, as well as the abundance of activities this town has to offer. It combines an array of city and country style attractions that are sure to knock your socks off! If you’re after an outback hinterland adventure, head to historic bush-towns like Nebo or Clermont to discover open cut mines and ancient landscapes, or bushwalk through one of our spectacular national parks. If a cityscape is more your style, enjoy Mackay’s balmy tropical nights by dining alfresco at the marina, stroll through Mackay and the Botanic Gardens or simply relax by the bluewater lagoon.

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Local Highlights

Mackay Marina Village and Shipyard
Mackay's magnificent world-class Marina Village has a tropical ambience, with leafy palms lining the waterfront esplanade and a view beyond to luxury yachts, sailing boats, blue skies and tropical islands. The thriving commercial precinct boasts an impressive array of shops, bars and restaurants and the marina is next to sandy Harbour Beach and home to the Pine Islet Lighthouse, one of the only working kerosene lighthouses left in the world.

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
There is always something happening at the Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre (MECC), situated in the heart of Mackay. Expect stellar musical performances from international and national artists, from all genres, to suit all ages and for all budgets. Gene Simmons from KISS once said, "Mackay is just as cool as Paris or London."

Mackay National Parks and Reserves
The Mackay region has world-renowned national parks and reserves just waiting to be discovered by you. Eungella National Park, Brampton Islands National Park, the Mackay Highlands Great Walk, Broken River, Cape Hillsborough National Park, Newry Islands National Park, South Cumberlands Island National Park, Cape Palmerston National Park, Cathu State Forest, and Whitsunday Island National Park are all within the Mackay region. Base yourself at Mackay Marine Tourist Park when exploring these!

Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens showcases the beautiful tropical flora from Mackay and the Whitsundays, along with other beautiful Australian native and exotic plants from similar climates around the world. There are over three kilometres of walking and cycling trails, wetland boardwalks, a unique cafe and gallery perched high above wildlife filled lagoons, to excellent bird watching opportunities. Stay at BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park when visiting this great attraction.

Greenmount Homestead
Take a step back in time at the historic Greenmount Homestead west of Mackay in Walkerston. Developed by Albert Cook on the cattle run first taken up by Mackay pioneer Captain John Mackay, Greenmount was gifted to the city by the Cook family in 1983 and is held in trust by Mackay Regional Council. Stay at BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park when visiting the historic and carefully restored Greenmount Homestead.

Sarina Sugar Shed
There is no greater story in Australia's history than that of Australia's sugar cane industry. This story is for visitors of all ages where you can "take the tour and taste the action". The miniature sugar mill and distillery is open all year round, visitors of any age can enjoy a guided tour of the facility and see firsthand how sugar is grown, processed, milled and distilled.

Mackay Region Markets
The Mackay region has lots of local markets you can visit during your stay here at BIG4 Mackay Marine Tourist Park. Tempt your taste buds and meet local farmers and stall owners and find home made and home grown produce. BIG4 Mackay Marine is the perfect home base to explore these Mackay markets.

Local Events

SugarCity Con
from 13 August, 2016 to 14 August, 2016
Bringing Pop Culture to the Canefields! Featuring international guests, comic book artists, comic book writers, voice actors, television show actors, video game developers, authors, cosplayers, workshops and panels! Follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with all the announcements of special guests! Admission Costs: Adult - $15.00 (Weekend AUD30, Saturday AUD20, Sunday AUD15. Children 12 years and under are free with a paying adult.)

Sarina Festival
on 10 September, 2016
Volunteer operated Sarina Festival is back on 10 September! Last year, over 3000 people attended the free event celebrating the heart and soul of Sarina with local arts, food, shows and entertainment. This is an ideal family event with something for all ages!

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