2018 has seen Mackay awarded Australian Town of the Yearby Wotif. Beating classic destinations, including Byron Bay and Cairns, Mackay took the title thanks to the many exceptional attractions of the up-and-coming region and the array of affordable accommodation options currently offered.

Mackay Mayor, Greg Williamson, is confident that Mackay is “going to see a tremendous year in tourism in 2018” (Poulson, 2018), and with the region undoubtedly offering something for every kind of traveller, we couldn’t agree more!

Perched on the shores of the coral sea, with palm-lined streets and art deco architecture, Mackay Town is the perfect place to situate yourself to explore all the city and region has to offer.

Finch Hatten Gorge, just an hour from Mackay city, is a lush rainforest offering stunning flora, waterfalls and volcanic rock formations. The hinterland is spotted with walking trails, picturesque picnic spots and rockpools, and, for the more adventurous, can even zipline through the canopies or go Rainforest scuba diving with platypus!

Cape Hillsborough National Parkis only a 40 minute drive from Mackay town and sees dense rainforest meet pristine ocean. The Park offers an array of walking trails, including bush walks through rainforests teeming with tiger butterflies. We recommend an early rise to catch a glorious sunrise over the white-sandy beaches of the Cape. Watch on to see wallabies and kangaroos scatter the beach as they scavenge along the tideline!

Mackay’s 2018 event’s calendaris jam-packed with exciting cultural offerings, making a stay in the heart of the Mackay Region enticing in and of itself. Not to be missed events coming to Mackay Town this year include Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Roadshow, the Northern Queensland Derby, the Queensland Ballet’s Swan Lake and the Mackay Invitational PBR.

For a full list of events, destinations and recommendations in the Mackay Region visit The Mackay Region Queensland tourism website! https://www.mackayregion.com/