MACKAY- More then just a mining town

Ever visited a town/location with absolutely no expectations whatsoever as people you’ve previously spoken to have not rated the place highly.

Well Mackay was one of those places. We had heard mixed reviews and honestly thought it would be a typical “mining” town.

After arriving it was safe to say we loved Mackay, actually that would be an understatement. We loved it that much we even checked out jobs, houses and had a decent look around town contemplating a return after our trip.


We spent the week at the BIG 4  Mackay Marine Tourist Park. This place has lush green unpowered, powered, including ensuite sites and plenty of cabins suitable for everyone’s budget. Also on offer is Mini golf, splash park, 2x swimming pools, jumping pillow and a playground for the kids which we all took full advantage of.  There are BBQ areas for the adults, wetlands to embrace the serenity and it is only a short drive to town or the marina. That’s if you even decide to leave the park.
If you are in town and not staying in the park you can still use their facilities for a small $8 fee.(Please call in advance)

Check out our you tube video below which gives you a great insight of what the BIG 4 Marine Tourist Park has to offer.



Our highlights for the week are as below:

The evening stroll along the stunning paved harbour. We dreamed about what house boat we would love to own whilst the sun went down and the dolphins came out to play. You can fish along the boat harbour which is an easy 3km return walk.

Mackay has a public lagoon which is FREE and open daily with lifeguards on duty, splash parks, waterslide, BBQ area, change rooms and a café.
The kids loved splashing around with the locals.

A trip to Finch Hatton was well worth the drive. It has a large variety of walks for all fitness levels. We chased waterfalls and searched for platypuses at Eungella National Park. We unfortunately didn’t see any platypuses however were lucky enough to see plenty of turtles. The best times to see platypuses are 7-10am & 3pm-6pm in their feeding times.

Don’t forget to make use of the towns free activities. (story time at the library etc.). Mackay has story time on offer of a Thursday morning in the town library. Travelling can be tough and we find that the occasional down time does the children and us parents the world of good.


Did you know Mackay has access to the Great Barrier Reef.?  We didn’t.

Let us know what we have missed so we can check it out when we are back.

You’ll find us chilling out the back of the Big 4 taking in the wetlands.

Until then make today ridiculously amazing


E + M