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Best things to do in Mackay - The ultimate guide!

Mackay is the capital for sugarcane in Australia. Although this is what MacKay is most known for, there is so much more to it. Here is a guide that will highlight all the brilliant things you can partake in when in Mackay.


Sunrises with Kangaroos

Everyone loves a good sunrise, but how about something quite unique? When in Mackay you will have an opportunity to witness one of the best sunrises over the Cape Hillsborough National Park. What makes it quite unique is the fact that you can do so with the company of kangaroos and wallabies. This will be a highlight of your Australian trip for sure.



Well then, the adrenaline junkies out there are going to have the time of their life. How so? In MacKay, you have the opportunity to zip line over the canopy of the lush green tropical rainforest. Make sure to howl like Tarzan when you do it! The canopy of the forest is located 25 m above this forest floor making your experience all the more exciting! Make sure to grab the camera and take pictures on your way flying to the opposite polar end. Besides, if you're looking for hotels in MacKay close to popular tourist attractions like these, you can check out the Oaks Carlyle which is quite conveniently located.



So, what does MacKay have for the avid hikers X? Well, all things amazing will be the answer to that. There are splendid trails here, trails that you haven't seen anything like before. These trails will uncover cascades of waterfalls, azure coloured pools and so much more. Discover all the earthly treasures that these trails are proud of and then hit the water to cool off!


Sugar cane field views!

With MacKay being known as the capital for sugar cane, there are fields and fields of it that are quite breath-taking. You must take photographs of these brilliant scenic spots. The lush green fields with the rolling hills at the periphery makes up for a scenic view. The harvest season in Mackay starts in May and ends in November. And this is another great time to visit this town where you can be a part of the harvesting and take great pictures to!



If you are an outdoorsy person then this vacation will offer you the best campsite you could ever dream of. You can hire a tent and spend the night surrounded by beautiful nature and starlit skies. The National Park of MacKay is home to around 12 camping sites right here in the bushes of Australia. It can make anyone excited to spend the night here as it is the ultimate location for campers to have the experience of their life!


Sugar hits!

With the captivating fields of sugarcane, comes sugar. Almost 35% of the country's sugar comes from Mackay which means they have plenty of places where you can indulge in sweet treats. You can also go on a Willi Wonka tour which is quite popular here. The interactive tour will showcase the history of sugar production of Mackay.

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