Virgin Australia operates flights to Mackay every day, from Brisbane, and Sydney.
Mackay Airport Information
Mackay Airport is located in South Mackay, 6km (or 10 minutes) south of Mackay city centre, and can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Taxi: Taxi services pick up and drop off at Mackay airport. A taxi to the city centre costs approx. $20.
- Bus: Buses operate between the town centre and the airport, and from Mackay to Airlie Beach.
Things to do in Mackay
Situated at the heart of Queensland’s coastline, Mackay helms a region of spectacular natural and man-made wonders. Flanked to the east by the Great Barrier Reef and a number of stunning atolls, and booming with mining business, the city is a hive of activity and opportunity. Originally built on sugar cane, cattle and coal, Mackay is fast becoming a popular holiday destination; attracting throngs of visitors with ancient rainforests, sandy beaches, a near-perfect year-round climate, and a laidback cosmopolitan lifestyle.
Mackay’s urban landscape buzzes with alfresco dining, shopping opportunities and a number of great family facilities. The region hosts no less than 31 beaches. Boarded by Pioneer River, man-made attraction, Blue Lagoon provides a safe and fun destination for kids and adults alike. The centre of town showcases art deco buildings, which proudly displays the city’s historic past. Artspace Mackay pays homage to home-grown heroes like Cathy Freeman and Wendell Sailor. While the city’s multimillion-dollar marina is one of only six super yacht bases in Australia.
Mackay is home to more than 400 speciality stores. The city centre’s Victoria and Wood Streets, and Caneland Central, host hundreds of retailers and service providers, including banks, department stores and boutiques. Mount Pleasant Greenfields Shopping Centre is the north side’s go-to, boasting big name grocery and shopping outlets. Arts and crafts are a jewel in the Central Queensland Coast’s retail crown, and can be found at craft stores, pottery barns, galleries and art service provider throughout the city centre and northern beaches, and in outlining regional areas like Homebush, North Eton and Eungella.
Mackay's dining scene is focused around the city centre and the north side’s marina, and features a number of first-rate restaurants, taverns and cafes. The marina precinct presents a wide range of excellent restaurants and active nightspots. The harbour is a thriving tourism hub, lined with an all-embracing selection of dining establishments that represent food cultures from all over the globe – including Thai, Japanese, Singaporean, Italian, Irish and modern Australian. Downtown, fronting onto the Pioneer River, MacKay’s dining scene comes to life with a number of contemporary eateries and drinking holes.
Mackay hosts a fun-loving and relaxed vibe, and buzzes after dark with a number of social settings. Victoria Street in downtown Mackay is the city’s favourite after-hour haunt, home to clubs, bars and coffee houses. While a number of country pubs and taverns dot the city, suburbs and outlying regions.
Mackay Holiday Packages
Experience all that Mackay has to offer, our holiday partner Virgin Australia Holidays has a great array of Mackay holiday packages. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.