About Mackay

Perfect for Families, Business & Relaxation

Pioneers John McCrossin and John Mackay were first captivated by this coastal region in 1860 – they returned again in 1862 and within a few years, Mackay’s sugar industry flourished, followed by coal mining and tourism which have laid the foundations for Mackay’s current and future success. 

So why is there such a buzz around Mackay these days?


Mackay is the perfect place to raise a family. Why? Firstly, there is the breathtaking natural environment that is at your doorstep, every which way you look. Whether it’s casting a line from a secluded beach or hiking in Australia’s largest subtropical rainforest, offers something for nature and adventure lovers.

Mackay living has something for everyone, from toddlers to teens and retirees. 


Despite its magical beauty and big spaces, Mackay also enjoys a thriving and easily accessible CBD just under 30 minutes from Pappy’s Beach.

With over 800 businesses spanning retail, dining, specialty services and entertainment, the city comes alive with city-promoted events including fitness classes, family activities and festivals and markets to enjoy.

As the region continues to target economic growth and tourism, Mackay’s long term business prospects are excellent.


Have we mentioned how living in Mackay is like living on vacation? If you are taking a step back, or have more time to devote to yourself now that the kids have grown up, look no further.

The perfect place to relax, Mackay is a truly unique, affordable and livable location.