Mackay is the largest city in the Whitsundays region. This is one of the fastest growing population centers in Queensland and the economic powerhouse of central Queensland. Just to the west are massive mining ventures that export minerals world wide through the Hay Point bulk loading terminal and there are also huge agricultural industries in the region where sugar, beef and many other products are grown. Mackay has grown dramatically over the past twenty years with a building boom that has seen many new suburbs, industrial estates and tourist ventures come to fruition. The new boat harbour and marina complex has completely revolutionized boating in the region and the marina is now chock a block with fishing charter operators, tourist cruise boats and private yachts and cruisers. The waterfront along the marina is now covered with service industries, hotels and apartment developments.

Mackay's Boat HarbourBeautiful BeachesThe City of Mackay

Mackay now has several major shopping complexes and the main CBD features beautiful tree lined streets and many excellent cafes and restaurants among the multitude of retail outlets. Mackay has its own airport and you can fly in direct from all southern destinations like Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne. Mackay is also a jumping off point for the Whitsunday Islands that lie just offshore. Hamilton Island, Brampton Island and Keswick Island are only a short flight or ferry ride away.

There is a lot of accommodation available in Mackay with lots of hotels and motel complexes. There are also several beach front resorts. Be warned though, that due to the mining boom it can be almost impossible to find availability. Do not go to Mackay thinking that you will get something when you get there! It is a long way to the next town and the accommodation is booked out almost every night. You must book ahead if you want to overnight in Mackay. To the north west of Mackay is the Eungella national park. This is a must see region for any tourist in the region. The beautiful mountain regions are covered with rainforest and broken by mountain streams. If you are visiting Australia and you want to see a wild platypus then this is the place to visit.

Mackay is a booming modern city with some superb tourist infrastructure so why not consider Mackay for your next holiday.

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