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First settled in the 1860s and named after pioneer John Mackay, the Mackay CBD is a hive of activity for both the locals and visitors alike. Mackay is used as a base for workers to reach the Bowen Basin coal mine, which is the largest coal reserve in Australia. Many people use Mackay as a holiday destination for its warm climate and the many activities available.

Situated on the Queensland coast, Mackay lies 972km north of Brisbane. The subtropical climate is warm and humid, with summer temperatures usually in the 30s, with 23 being common overnight. Winters in Mackay are very mild, with temperatures ranging between 11 (overnight) and 23 (during the day). These temperatures lend well for visiting one of the many beaches in th...

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First settled in the 1860s and named after pioneer John Mackay, the Mackay CBD is a hive of activity for both the locals and visitors alike. Mackay is used as a base for workers to reach the Bowen Basin coal mine, which is the largest coal reserve in Australia. Many people use Mackay as a holiday destination for its warm

First settled in the 1860s and named after pioneer John Mackay, the Mackay CBD is a hive of activity for both the locals and visitors alike. Mackay is used as a base for workers to reach the Bowen Basin coal mine, which is the largest coal reserve in Australia. Many people use Mackay as a holiday destination for its warm climate and the many activities available.

Situated on the Queensland coast, Mackay lies 972km north of Brisbane. The subtropical climate is warm and humid, with summer temperatures usually in the 30s, with 23 being common overnight. Winters in Mackay are very mild, with temperatures ranging between 11 (overnight) and 23 (during the day). These temperatures lend well for visiting one of the many beaches in the area - there are 31 to be exact, with several being close to the city centre.

Harbour Beach is patrolled and is near the Mackay Marina. Lambert’s Beach is also close to the city. Other beaches include Eimeo, Dolphin Heads and Shoal Point. Just off the coast of Mackay are a number of islands that are popular for fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and whale watching in season. Some of these islands offer resort facilities and are very popular with tourists. The islands can be reached by boat from the marina, and some by plane.

There are numerous cafes and restaurants in Mackay and with three large shopping centres, there are plenty of choices for a little retail therapy. There are clubs and bars, some with entertainment for those looking for a little nightlife. Mackay has quite a few heritage-listed buildings such as the Mackay Masonic Temple built in 1925, Richmond Mill Ruins built in 1881 and the Mackay Court House and Police Station built in 1886 - this has been renovated and restored over the years, most recently in 1963.

A walk around the town will offer a fascinating look into Mackay’s past. A great local attraction is the Blue Water Trail which is 20km of pathway for cyclists and pedestrians. It has many features and incorporates the Mackay Botanical Gardens, Cathy Freeman Walk and Bluewater Lagoon. The Mackay Festival of Arts is held each year in July with music, art exhibitions, live performances and plenty of food and wine. Mackay can be reached by car via the Bruce Highway or plane from Brisbane Airport.

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