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Mackay is a tropical city on the eastern coast of the Australian state of Queensland, some 900 km north of the state capital Brisbane.

Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

Mackay Airport (MKY) is 5km south of the city centre. QANTAS, Virgin Blue and Jetstar have frequent flights from Brisbane. Qantaslink have services to Cairns, Townsville, and Rockhampton.

By train[edit]

Queensland Rail has twice weekly services running from Mackay to Brisbane on the "Tilt Train"

By car[edit]

The Bruce Highway is the coastal highway between Brisbane and Cairns and passes through Mackay. The Peak Downs Highway runs from Clermont North-East to terminate in Mackay.

By boat[edit]

Mackay has an extensive marina which is often the first stop for those exploring the whitsunday islands but no regular passenger ferries run at this time.

By bus[edit]

Greyhound buslines have regular services from Brisbane stopping at the airport and in Mackay itself on the way to Carins. Mackay Transit Coaches operates from North Mackay to South Mackay. The area with the best service coverage is Mackay CBD.

Get around[edit]

Limited bus services run in the Mackay region. Cars can be hired from the airport.

Taxis are available from major shopping centres and individuals can call the service to be picked up from a specified destination.

Bicycles (push bikes) are a good fit for city transportation. Projects are ongoing to expand current bicycle routes, one long route exists from West of the city to the Canelands shopping area.



The main industries of Mackay are coal mining and Sugar Cane, Mackay being the "Sugar Capital of Australia". Many use Mackay as a stopping point for lucrative mining work in the Bowen Basin of central Queensland.


Mackay has two major shopping centres

  • Mount Pleasant Greenfields located on the Corner Phillip Street and the Bruce Highway

Mount Pleasant (affectionately known by locals as "Mount P") contains major retailers such as

  • K Mart
  • Woolworths
  • Coles

Greenfields is a shopping precinct located across the road from Mount Pleasant. Occupants include:

  • Bunnings Warehouse
  • Spotlight
  • Sams Warehouse
  • Clark Rubber
  • Autobarn
  • Toys'R'Us
  • Birch Carroll and Coyle Cinema's

Caneland Central is undergoing expansion, it is located on Mangrove Road and includes major retailers such as

  • Target
  • Big W
  • Woolworths
  • Coles
  • Myer
  • Action
  • Best and Less
  • City Beach
  • Rush Surfwear
  • Mathers Shoes
  • Spend Less Shoes
  • Vodafone
  • Crazy Johns
  • Telstra
  • Optus
  • EB Games
  • Tarocash


Try the eateries at the Marina overlooking the boats - loverly cool breezies. Mid range prices.


Go next[edit]

Routes through Mackay
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