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Top 10 experiences in Mackay - Places you ma-cannot miss in the East Coast of Australia

When in MacKay, there are specific things you must do to experience the authentic vibe of the city, and they are as follows.


Kinchant Dam

Kinchant Dam

If you're a fan of waterskiing, this is where you head to. The Kinchant Dam is a popular destination among locals. If you're not a pro in waterskiing and too afraid to try out the Dam, don't worry. This is a great location for a picnic or camping with your friends.


Pinnacle Pie

Pinnacle Pie

If you're visiting Mackay and skip on Pinnacle Pie, you're doing your vacation wrong. The Pinnacle Pub is one of the most iconic restaurants in Mackay. They are infamous for their meat pies. If you think you've already had the best meat pie in your life, you're in for a surprise.


Bluewater trail

Bluewater trail is a cycling and walking trail in the CBD. The trail is connected to some of the attractions in the city such as Bluewater Lagoon, Bluewater Quay and Botanic Gardens. There are scenic walks linked to the trail as well. Ideal for a quiet night in the city. Any hotel in Mackay CDB the likes of Oaks Rivermarque is only a matter of minutes away from the trail.


Bluewater Lagoon

This is the best way to beat the heat of the summer. What's best about the Lagoon is that it is free for anyone who visits. There are three swimming pools for you to pick from depending on your swimming skills. Check out the water slide which they open during the summer.


Fish and Chips at Mackay Marina

The Lighthouse is a local restaurant which has the best Fish and Chips in all of Mackay. They have everything from fries to fish burgers and seafood delights. It is a great place to dine in or take out. Is there anything more Australian than to enjoy Fish and Chips by the beach?


Lambert's Lookout

Lambert's lookout gives a spectacular view of Lambert's beach, Slade Point and Cumberland Islands. This is a popular vantage point for whoever wants to admire the beach. The Lookout is great to watch over the sunset and have a quiet evening with friends. It is also a great place to watch the humpback whales during the migration season.


Eungella National Park

Eungella National Park

This is not your average national park. The Eungella National Park is a luscious rainforest and is the best break from all the beaches. The park is home to the local platypus and you would find many there. The park is ideal for you to unwind, relax and grab a bite with your loved ones.


Sugar Cane Mills

This does sound boring at first glance, but head over to Farleigh Mill to prove yourself wrong. The sugar cane mills are very interesting and informative to not just you, but your kids as well.


Visit Finch Hatton Gorge

Visit Finch Hatton Gorge

The place is buzzing with tourists and locals alike. It is located at the Eungella National Park and is one of the most beautiful places there. Take a dip in the swimming hole to feel the cool and crisp water. Araluen Waterfall is just 1.6 km from here and it is one of the best swimming holes in Mackay.


Cape Hillsborough

Cape Hillsborough

This is one of the most iconic destinations in Mackay. If you're a nature lover, you will fall in love with the national park. The park is crowded with friendly kangaroos and wallabies. With the beach at one end, the park is breath-taking at dusk.