Things to do Mackay – Tourist Guide

The Mackay Region offers the visitor many unique experiences, from spectacular rainforests and national parks, secluded islands and beaches, pristine coral reefs, plentiful fishing spots, historical townships, genuine country hospitality, scenic drives, great shopping and fabulous dining. Check out our top 10 Things To See and Do


1. Bluewater Trail

Out the front of Lanai Apartments is Mackay’s Bluewater Trail…a series of shared pathways that links the city with a range of activities.  Run, walk, stroll or bike ride, these paths will meander along the Pioneer River towards Mackay’s Botanic Gardens and the inner city beaches….gorgeous at sunset. Pack a picnic and enjoy this Mackay waterway.

2. Bluewater Lagoon

Bluewater Lagoon

Next door to Lanai Mackay Apartments is this family friendly attraction. It is also enjoys our great location overlooking the Pioneer River and is free and patrolled.  Bluewater Lagoon features three tiered lagoons, children’s water playground complete with water drop bucket and water slide all set in shaded areas with loads of seating amongst landscaped grounds. People with disabilities or mobility restrictions have been catered for and bbq facilities and a café complete this top Mackay attraction.

3. Mackay Entertainment & Convention Centre

Mackay Entertainment and Convention Centre

Walking distance from Lanai Apartments is this state-of-the-art facility is set amongst manicured lawns and hosts a range of conferences, exhibitions, seminars, live entertainment and banquets.  For a full list of shows on offer visit www.mackayecc.com.au Be entertained and catch a show whilst in Mackay.

4. Artspace Mackay, Gordon Street

Artspace Mackay, Gordon Street

This award winning architecturally unique building also walking distance from Lanai Apartments and is home to local art and culture as well as hosting high profile exhibitions from around Australia. This Gordon Street building is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am – 5pm.  Stop for a coffee or a bite to eat at Foodspace, gourmet café and coffee house next door after catching an exhibition or a workshop.

5. Queens Park

Orchid House

Mackay is home to one of the finest orchid houses in Australia. Visit the Ken Burgess Orchid House (open weekdays 10am -11 am and 2pm – 3pm and Sundays 10am – 2pm). Here you will view stunning examples from the orchid family and appreciate their beauty.   Set in Queens Park you can explore over 6 hectares of tropical trees and other flora and sweeping lawns. Bring a picnic lunch and enjoy a great family day out.

6. Heritage & Art Deco Walks

Mackay has an outstanding collection of Art Deco from the early 20th Century.  Find out more about Mackay’s heritage on this 90 minute Heritage Walk and view the city’s historical architecture and collection of Art Deco architecture.  Visit the Cominos building, Chaseley House as well as the Leichhardt Tree, Customs House and the Court House.

7. Memorial Swim Centre

Only a short walk around the corner you will find a good pool for training or visiting during winter? The heated pool at Memorial Swim Centre will allow you to exercise.  Learn to swim classes, squad training sessions and holiday intensive programs means winter won’t keep you out of the water.

8. Bluewater Quay

The beauty of Mackays’ Riverfront is on display at Bluewater Quay with its iconic public art, children’s playground and water play area.  Enjoy a bbq or picnic in this relaxing area whilst wetting a line.

9. Restaurants, Retail Therapy and Mackay Night Life

Cane land Shopping centre is only 100 metres from Lanai Apartments and is the major shopping centre in Mackay. Park your car and walk everywhere from Lanai. On offer in Mackay is a myriad of restaurants, pubs and clubs, something that is sure to appeal to everyone.  Choose from Asian, Italian or local fare featuring locally caught seafood, something to suit all palates. Travelling out of town? Stop for a bite to eat or a coffee at The Eimeo Hotel located in the Northern Beaches.  This Hotel is situated high on a headland with glorious views over the outer islands including St Bees, Keswick and Brampton, a great spot at lunch time.