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Mackay Holidays Overview
Mackay is located halfway between Queensland's capital city Brisbane, and the very tropical northern city of Cairns, and is an apt description for this city which retains plenty of laid back tropical charm. Mackay has plenty to offer the holiday maker including 31 beaches, pristine rainforests, coral reefs, islands, and heritage tours, along with being one of the stepping stones to the Great Barrier Reef. It is important to remember when swimming around Mackay that the box jellyfish and stinger season runs from October through to May, and all instructions should be followed by the local lifeguards.
Mackay has a population of over 60 000, and has been built primarily on the sugar cane industry, along with agriculture. Inland mines have also brought wealth to the region. Mackay was settled by Europeans in 1862, and before too long sugar cane farms were booming. Mackay now produces a third of all of Australia' sugar.
Mackay has a pleasant tropical climate with the water temperature remaining a very civilised 22°C all year round.
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holidays - Top Events
Mackay Festival of Arts is the largest, and possibly the longest running, regional arts and cultural festival in Queensland. Running for 16 days, this festival is held each July, caters to all age groups, and celebrates the creativity and diverse culture that makes up Mackay. Not only is all forms of art represented, but also foods and wines. Concerts, dance parties, cabarets, and meals, are all part of the festival.
Mackay Regional Show runs for 3 days in June each year. This show is considered to be one of the premier events for the region, with people travelling for many miles to enjoy the 3 days of festivities. The usual show exhibits are on display, along with fireworks, and Sideshow Alley. What's a show without Sideshow alley? This is great entertainment for the whole family looking for a slice of traditional country life and activities.
Sarina Mud Trials is perfect for those who like to get down and dirty in a vehicle with 4 wheels. Sarina mud trials run for 2 days as part of the Coal to Coast festival of Sarina in May each year. The trials are extremely popular and have been running for over 20 years. A variety of vehicles including standards, bombs, 4WD's perform amazing and radical performances through the mud. There is even a burn out competition. Sarina is a historic town located about 37 kms south of Mackay.
holidays - How to Get There
Flights Qantas and Jetstar provide a service 7 times per day between Brisbane and Mackay. Flights leave from 6.45 am in Brisbane and finish at 6.25 pm. Flights leaving Mackay start at 6.45 am and finish at 7.45 pm. Virgin Blue provides a service 5 to 6 times daily between Brisbane and Mackay. Flights start leaving Brisbane at 8.45 am and finish at 7.30 pm. Flights start at Mackay at 6.40 am and finish at 7.05 pm.