The City of Mackay is situated on the north eastern coast of Queensland, on the banks of Pioneer River.
Mackay is nicknamed the sugar capital of Australia because its region produces more than a third of Australia’s cane sugar.
Things To Do
The town and its region combine the perfect mixture of alfresco dining at the Marina, a number of historic and heritage-listed buildings, cultural spots and spectacular national parks.
Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre
This state-of-the-art facility offers first-class performances, from stellar musicals to comedy roadshows and local productions. And being located on Alfred Street, it’s only a short 4 minute drive away.
Ask the friendly Marco Polo team for a program or if you wish to book a taxi to your show.
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
This still very young Botanic Garden opened in 2003 and provides beautiful walking trails and wetlands, rare flora and native regional forest.
Take a break and recharge in the unique gallery-style cafe, perched high above magnificent lagoons. Take the opportunity to enjoy some bird watching while up there.
The Botanical Gardens are located just 4 kilometres from the Marco Polo.
Mackay Marina Village and Shipyard
The tropical ambience of the waterfront esplanade with its palm trees, a view of white sails, and blue skies set the mood for a stroll through Mackay.
The commercial precinct of Mackay Marina Village boasts an impressive array of shops, restaurants and bars.
A great way to spend a relaxed day, only a 15 minute drive from us. Ask at Reception for directions.
Sarina Sugar Shed
There is no greater story in Australia’s history than that of Australia’s sugar cane industry.
Take a tour and taste the sweetness of Mackay’s sugar history. Their tours are suitable for all ages, with sugary fairy floss for the kids and taste tests of local produce like the gourmet sauces – and liqueurs for the adults!
The Sarina Sugar Shed is a 30 minute drive south from Mackay.