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Located right at the mouth of the Pioneer River on the Coral Sea, Mackay is perfect for anyone wanting a break from touristy resort towns. This is the real Queensland, with more locals than visitors.
From here, you can explore the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland’s national parks and gorgeous golden beaches, all from a laid-back, unassuming city in the heart of Australian sugar cane fields. So get out there and see it all—with one of Wotif’s awesome Mackay car hire options, of course.
Want to become one with nature? Get yourself to the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens to learn about local plants, wander along Lagoon Creek and do some birding. Want to learn about local art instead? Check out Artspace Mackay or Bluewater Trail.
When you’re hungry, point your Mackay car rental toward the marina and enjoy the waterfront restaurants and shops. Of course, no trip to Mackay is complete without a scuba or snorkelling trip. Book passage out to Keswick or St. Bees Islands.
And if you just can’t resist a bit of the resort life, head to Illawong Beach and lounge on the sand. When you’re knackered, get back to your Mackay accommodation and rest up for another adventure tomorrow.
Mackay holidays are the perfect way to enjoy the Pioneer Valley. Want to see the weirdest animal known to man? Head 75km east to Eungella National Park, the best place in Australia to catch a glimpse of a platypus. Maybe you’d rather check out a wallaby taking its morning bath in the ocean? Cape Hillsborough National Park is just 50km north. Australia’s only miniature sugar mill and distillery? You want to go south—specifically 35km to Sarina.
Think you can’t do it all in one trip? Think again! Our Mackay car rentals give you the freedom to be a modern-day pioneer. Book your trailblazing trip off the beaten path right here on Wotif for the best deals on the web!
Need insider tips on must-see attractions in Mackay? Check out our Mackay travel guide!