With plenty to offer the traveller, Mackay is a relaxed tropical city with a cosmopolitan mix of art, architecture and nature.
Tables spill out of street-side restaurants along the city centre's dining precinct on Wood Street, or picnic along the picturesque bank of the Pioneer River, Queensland's only blue-water river.
Mackay boasts one of the best art scenes in Queensland, with the award-winning Artspace Gallery, as well as one of Australia's most prominent public art displays along the Bluewater Trail.
The Bluewater Trail is a shared bicycle and pedestrian path which links a variety of Mackay City's attractions, including the Mackay Regional Botanical Gardens, Town Beach and the Bluewater Lagoon, a three-tiered swimming haven. Mackay's largest shopping mall can also be found along the Bluewater Trail, lined with riverside cafes and restaurants.
The city centre is a blend of architectural styles, including the unique Art Deco style façades which are prominent throughout. A guided heritage walk through the Mackay City Centre is available seasonally, information can be obtained from the Mackay Visitor Information Centre on Nebo Road, otherwise a brochure is available for a self-guided option.
Beautiful beaches, pretty parks and the modern marina are all within minutes from Mackay's city centre.
A range of accommodation exists within the Central Business District, many of which are ideally located within close proximity of Mackay's vivacious city attractions.