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What are the best things to do in Mackay?
Bluewater Lagoon is a free waterpark right in the centre of Mackay. It provides a welcome relief from the heat of tropical Queensland. It’s especially great if you book cheap flights to Mackay in summer when stinger season means you can’t swim at most oceanside beaches. Bluewater Lagoon features gorgeous views over the Pioneer River and is home to two main lagoon areas. There are water slides for adults and older kids plus an interactive water playground for the young visitors.
Eungella National Park
Plan a day at Eungella National Park when you book flights to Mackay to take in the region’s stunning natural beauty. The national park is elevated above plains, and the forests of Eungella are often shrouded in mist, giving the park a mystical appearance. Eungella National Park is known as one of the most ecologically diverse areas in Queensland. Walk along the many hiking trails to get a glimpse at the park’s diverse range of plants and animals. There’s a good chance you’ll see a platypus swimming in the rivers and rainforest gullies of the park. Eungella National Park showcases stunning vistas over the Pioneer Valley – some of the best views you’ll see while visiting Queensland on flights to Mackay.
Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens
Get to know the native plants of the region while visiting Australia on return flights to Mackay. The Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens are located in the southwestern corner of the inner city. The tropical plants of the Mackay and Whitsunday regions are centre stage in a Regional Forest Garden, Fernery, and Shade Garden. You’ll also see gardens dedicated to flora from other parts of Australia and exotic plants from around the world. Take in the beauty of the Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens along the three kilometres (1.9 miles) of walking trails. You’ll see lagoons, art installations, and plenty of native birds interspersed between the gardens.
When is the best time to visit Mackay?
Mackay’s location in the tropics of Queensland lead to warm temperatures year-round. Winter is the most popular time to book airfare to Mackay. Daytime temperatures hover around a comfortable 22°C with low levels of rain and humidity. Keep in mind that this is high season, so lock in a hotel room early for the best price if you book winter flights to Mackay.
On the opposite end of the spectrum, summer is hot and humid with regular rainfall. Temperatures hit about 30°C during the day. Summer also coincides with stinger season, which occurs between December and March. You’ll need to wear a stinger suit while snorkelling if you book tickets to Mackay during this time. On the bright side, this is the low season in Mackay. You’ll find some great deals on hotels by booking cheap flights to Mackay in summer.
Avoid the crowds of winter and heat of summer by looking into return flights to Mackay in the spring or autumn. Each of these seasons sees daytime temperatures about 24° to 27°C. A bit of rain is common, particularly in late spring and early autumn, but nowhere near the precipitation levels of summer.
What is the cost of visiting Mackay?
Webjet helps travellers save on all different aspects of a holiday. Book your airfare to Mackay, then have a look at the hotel rooms and hire cars available through Webjet. The average nightly rate for a hotel is $150 NZD in the centre. Hire cars start from about $45 NZD per day and can be picked up from Mackay Airport (MKY) after your flights to Mackay arrive.
Public transport is an option if you won’t be renting a car in between return flights to Mackay. Single tickets on the bus cost between $2.40 and $2.80 AUD ($2.55 and $3 NZD) for stops around the city and inner suburbs.
You’ll find a variety of free activities to enjoy when you book tickets to Mackay. Take a dip at the Bluewater Lagoon, explore the nearby national parks, and visit the beaches of the Mackay region. Keswick Island is located right offshore and is a popular day trip for visitors holidaying on cheap flights to Mackay. Take a day tour of the island for about $130 AUD ($138.15 NZD). Diving with platypus makes for another fun day out when you plan a holiday with flights into Mackay Airport (MKY). Guided platypus diving tours at Finch Hatton Gorge cost $120 AUD ($127.50 NZD).