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Natural attractions, wildlife wonders, fishing and boating, culture and heritage – experience all of this and more during your stay in the Mackay region. Don’t miss the Pioneer Valley and Eungella National Park, known as the best spot in Australia to see platypus in the wild!
Many styles of accommodation are found across the Mackay region from luxury City Centre apartments to beachside resorts, motels and caravan parks, a cabin in the Eungella rainforest or sleeping metres from a beach. You can find more information on accommodation at
Eating Out
Restaurants in and around Mackay are a treasure trove of culinary delights. With dozens of eateries across the City Centre, alfresco dining at the Mackay Marina, and ocean views at several northern beaches pubs, there are many options for you to discover and enjoy.
1. Swim, stroll or bike in the City
Jump into Bluewater Lagoon (free entry) – a three tiered lagoon overlooking the stunning Pioneer River in the heart of the city. Walk (or cycle) the 20 km Bluewater Trail, a shared bicycle and pedestrian wPaiolkneweraVyallewy vhieiwchs connects art, historic architecture and natural beauty and links Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens, the Bluewater Lagoon, Pioneer River and Town Beach.
2. Shopping
The pedestrian friendly City Heart has unique boutiques for quality fashion, shoes and gifts. Or head to one of Mackay’s two large undercover shopping complexes for a variety of dining and retail stores. Sample the local wares at one of the many regular markets throughout the region, listed on page 21.
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7 things to do in and around Mackay

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