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Get Your Adventure Mode on with These Activities During Your Next Mackay Visit - The Most Exciting Adventures Travellers

Often considered one of Queensland's best-kept secrets, Mackay is a holiday hub bursting at the seams with possibilities and outdoor adventures. Here are some of the most memorable and thrilling things to do on your next getaway in the area.


Walk the Art Deco Trail

Exploring Mackay's art deco heritage by walking a trail across the city centre is one of the best ways to uncover the history of this part of Queensland. The guided tours explore the exquisite buildings dating back to the roaring 1920s, '30s, and '40s and include pit stops at the iconic Pioneer Shire Office, the charming CWA Hall, and the River Street Post Office among other landmarks.


Splash around the Bluewater Lagoon

Although the best time to enjoy a swim in the Bluewater Lagoon is during the heat of summer, there's no such thing as a bad time to experience this tropical wonderland. The massive pool areas and the kiddies' playground make this a hit with families although the water slides and the relaxing, shady lawns are also some of the most romantic landscapes in Mackay.


Explore the Melba House

Uncover the secret history of Opera legend Dame Nellie Melba who spent most of her life living in Mackay during the height of the 1880s. Her resplendent home on Mackay Eungella Road is open to visitors and contains entertaining exhibits regarding the life and times of this iconic diva.


Wine and Dine like a Local

Those who are based at Oaks Mackay Rivermarque Hotel or any other conveniently placed hotel in Mackay should not miss the chance to experience the culinary wonders served in the area's top restaurants. Head down to the classy diner named The Dispensary for a hearty breakfast and explore Fusion 128's eclectic menus for lunch. When it comes to unforgettable dining experiences in Mackay, no single culinary item takes precedence over the humble meat pies served at Pinnacle Pub.


Tour the Sarina Sugar Shed

Sugar mills are part and parcel of Mackay's history and nowhere is this truer than within the pastoral confines of the Sarina Sugar Shed. Tour this historic mill and understand the finer points of sugar production, which ends with a sweet-tasting session on the various liqueurs, preserves, and schnapps made in-house by the mill's staff.


Get Creative at Artspace Mackay

Managed by the Mackay City Council, Artspace Mackay is not only one of the most fascinating venues for exhibitions and artistic escapades in the city but also a creative heartland where visitors can unleash their own creativity. Don't forget to stop by the gallery store and cafe on this sprawling art hub down Gordon Street where one can also hobnob with the local artistic community during event days.


Go Wild at Eungella National Park

While Mackay is home to its fair share of sprawling national parks, none are quite as impressive as the Eungella National Park. Playful platypuses and Australian critters large and small can be viewed from the boardwalk which covers most of the rainforest which is open to visitors all year long.