The Mackay Region

Surrounded by lush tropical rainforests, rolling farmlands and the Great Barrier Reef, Mackay Resort Motel serves as a gateway to the Whitsundays. Looking for inspiration? Check out our insider’s guide featuring our favourite activities, attractions and experiences of this great region.

Looking for something to do in Mackay? Look no further than this 2020 Mackay Region Visitor Guide.

This booklet showcases all of the great things to do and experience in our beautiful Region.
Stay a day or a week… you are sure to find plenty to do for you and your family whilst you are here.


Mackay Town Centre

Just 3km from Mackay Resort Motel and you are in the City heart of Mackay. Begin exploring the City at Bluewater Quay, follow the banks of the Pioneer River then take a swim in our Bluewater Lagoon. Adorned with bike tracks, walking tracks, shops, cafes and impressive Art Deco buildings. Mackay offers something for everyone.

Stay and explore the City Centre or head to the Marina Village, where you can relax and enjoy casual cuisine and watch the boats travel in to the harbour. A great way to relax and unwind.


The Beach

Laced by 31 stunning sandy beaches, Mackay is the perfect place to soak up this great region. Explore the Northern Beaches just 20 mins from the centre of Mackay. Popular beaches for the locals include:

Eimeo Beach, nestled in Sunset Bay

Blacks Beach, stretching 6km

Bucasia Beach, ideal for picnics or a game of beach cricket.


National Park

Just a one hour drive to the west, Eungella National Park is home to mist topped mountains, dense rainforest and rugged gorges. With more than 20 kilometres of walking tracks and scenic lookouts to explore, Eungella boasts some of Queensland’s best bushwalking. Spot diving platypus and rare frogs from the Broken River viewing platform, and keep an eye out for the elusive Eungella honeyeater. Eungella is dotted with gorgeous picnic spots for you to explore and enjoy.

Speak to us about a picnic hamper to take with you for the day.


Hatton Gorge

With tumbling waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulders, Finch Hatton Gorge is a slice of Australian paradise. Take on one of the gentle walking tracks, or get adventurous with treetop canopy ziplining or platypus scuba diving trips.

World’s 1st Platypus Scuba Diving Tours


Sugar Shed

Mackay is one of Australia’s largest sugar cane producers, which means no trip is complete without plantation tour. We love Sarina Sugar Shed, a multi award winning agri-tourism attraction offering guided tours. Not to mention tastings of its deliciously sweet liqueurs, schnapps, ginger beer and fairy floss.



Swamped by National Park its just 50km North of Mackay, popular for its almost pre-historic ambience and friendly kangaroos who visit the shores at sunrise. Abundant with Australian wildlife and flora. Stay a little longer and capture this idyllic location.


The Whitsundays

Needing no introduction, the sun-drenched Whitsunday Islands are paradise, found. Swim, dive and snorkel on charter boat trips that cruise through the mesmerising archipelago.

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