Free things to do around Mackay & Blacks Beach
Take off on a 6 km stroll along Mackay's longest sandy beach, beautiful Blacks Beach. You might find some hidden treasures, be surprised to see marine turtles nesting and. or eggs hatching, spy some of our migratory shorebirds, or observe kite-surfing activities on the beach. You may even see "Wiggy" our resident goanna near the beach.
Hay Point & Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminals
Go for a drive to the Hay Point & Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal lookouts. Listen to the video, look at the map showing where all the coal mines are and count the number of ships lined up out at sea waiting to be loaded with coal. A huge industry for our region. If you have lots of time, consider driving the Mining Trail. Ask at reception.
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Enjoy a few hours relaxing at the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens. See lush themed gardens, wetland species and wildlife habitats. Besides that the palm walk & fernery are a must. Lagoons Café is great too. Most importantly the Botanic Gardens Links to the Bluewater Trail.
Take a leisurely walk along the Bluewater Trail a shared pedestrian and bicycle path around the city boasting pathways, raised boardwalks, Mackay's Levee Bank Mural, and environmental areas. Consequently its great way to see the region's natural beauty.
Mackay Bluewater Lagoon
Please the kids with a day at Mackay's Bluewater Lagoon, situated at Canelands Park. Enjoy the three huge swimming pools, water slide, waterfall, children's play equipment and a café/snack bar. A must do fun filled day for kids. Links to Bluewater Trail.
Finch Hatton Gorge
Hop in the car and travel to Finch Hatton Gorge. Follow the walking track through lush tropical rainforest to the picturesque cascading waterfalls. A photographer's paradise. Grab a homemade pie at the Pinnacle Pub on the way just because they taste awesome.
Cape Hillsborough National Park
Take a short drive to Cape Hillsborough National Park for fishing, bushwalking and spectacular coastal scenery. Besides that you may even see wallabies on the beach. A nature lover's paradise.
City Centre Self Guided Heritage Walk
Put on your walking shoes and take a self guided Heritage Walk around the City past twenty restored heritage listed buildings because its one of Queensland's best collections of Art Deco architecture.
Lambert's Beach Lookout
Take a short drive through Slade Point to the lookout at Lambert's Beach. A great spot for Whale Watching from the mainland from June to September, and besides that it has awesome views to the southern Whitsunday Islands all year round.
Mackay Marina Village
Head down to Mackay's popular Marina Village. It boasts an array of restaurants, bars and shops and the Mackay Yacht Club. Check out the breakwater and marvel at the boats coming and going and larger vessels being towed in and out through the harbour neck.
Eungella National Park
Spend the day exploring Eungella National Park in the beautiful Pioneer Valley. See turtles & platypus in the Broken River, pristine rainforest and awesome scenery. Just perfect.
Kommo Toera Trail
Take a 1km stroll along the Kommo Toera Trail a distinctly unique wetland ecosystem walking track that meanders under a canopy of towering Melaleuca (Paper Bark) Trees, off Keeleys Road, Andergrove.
Heritage Pub Crawl
Try a pub crawl with a difference. View the Heritage Hotels and Pubs around the district. There are thirteen in Mackay itself and another sixteen in the region. Start at the Iconic Eimeo Hotel, just 5 minutes drive from The Shores with excellent views to southern islands of the Great Barrier Reef.
Enjoy a full days drive West of Mackay along the Peak Downs Highway to Clermont through the mining communities of Nebo, Coppabella, and Moranbah. A tourist route less travelled, the drive will introduce you to wide, beautiful landscapes, historic towns, mining communities, impressive man-made works, and the friendly folk of our hinterland.
Hop in the car for drive to Platypus Beach, a sandy beach in the Pioneer River. A short drive from Marini, and a favourite swimming hole for locals and visitors to our region. Besides that this natural attraction includes a sealed access road, picnic facilities, informative signs and shelter. Its a beautiful location to enjoy swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and picnics. You may even see the elusive platypus in its natural environment.
Stroll around and be inspired by the highest standard of contemporary art at Artspace Mackay, with three impressive gallery spaces and an ever-changing exhibitions program. Artspace hosts a diverse range of travelling exhibitions from national and regional gallery collections, and also curates shows from its own Mackay Regional Council Artists Book Collection.