About the Mackay region

    The Mackay Hospital and Health Service provide extensive health services in a range of regional, community and rural settings, to a population of approximately 180,000 people.

    The Mater Mackay is a modern 105 bed Catholic Healthcare facility operated in the Mercy tradition. Specialties at the Mater Mackay include oncology, medical, surgical, obstetric, coronary care, palliative care unit, X-Ray, pathology and pharmacy. The Mater Mackay participates in the Commonwealth Medical Intern Program.

    Other Private Clinics include Mackay Rehabilitation Hospital and Vision Eye Institute.


    • When living in the Mackay region you get to experience an idyllic lifestyle, with unique wildlife and breathtaking landscapes.
    • There is plenty to do and see from beaches, rainforests, rockpools, wildlife, fishing, water sports and bushwalking to shopping and adventure activities.
    • The region has a diverse landscape from beaches, islands, mountains, pristine rainforests, to country mining and farming towns.
    • Within the Mackay region is Airlie Beach, the gateway to the Whitsundays which is made up of 74 Island wonders in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef. Visit Whitehaven Beach and make sure to climb the hill to the lookout to take the most amazing photos of your life.
    • Explore an ancient rainforest in the Finch Hatton Gorge where you can take a walk or zip line through the treetops, and experience a landscape of waterfalls, lush flora and volcanic boulder formations


    Airlie Beach

    Airlie Beach is the largest town of the Whitsunday Coast and is the main point of access to the Whitsundays. The town overlooks the bays and islands of the Whitsundays. Whether it be sailing, kayaking, jet skiing, scenic flights, snorkelling, scuba diving, 4WD tours, mountain biking, bushwalking, golfing, camping, shopping or relaxation, Airlie Beach has something for everyone. The Whitsundays is a must see with 74 islands right in the heart of the Great Barrier Reef where you can explore secluded and crystal clear beaches.

    Cape Hillsborough 

    Approximately 50km north of Mackay is Cape Hillsborough National Park where the dense rainforest meets the ocean with volcanic rock formations. 
    You will discover the Eastern Grey kangaroos fossicking in the morning tides at sunrise and be able to explore a range of bush walks through the rainforest.
    Sarina Sarina is located approximately 36km south of Mackay where you can enjoy a coastal lifestyle within a rural setting. Here you can enjoy hospitality, beautiful beaches, scenic mountain ranges, fishing and prawning. 


    Clermont is one of the most historic towns in northern Australia. Theresa Creek Dam is an ideal place to go fishing or for a relaxing picnic. Travel the 300km Mining Trail from Clermont to Mackay.

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