Mackay is known for fantastic adventure tourism and adrenalin pumping adventures - that’s because this natural playground is filled from north to south coast with wilderness and hundreds opportunities for heart-pumping fun.
People soar on engineered wings of fabric and cable while beneath, others dive through the undergrowth on mountain bikes, splashing through shallow creeks. Creeks that lead to rivers upon which kayakers explore. Downstream the rivers open up to the sea.
People are launching themselves from cliff faces into the churning waters below with glee and/or terror on their face as yachts ride the unrelenting wind further out to sea. They cut through white capped waves as the crew launch their weight to counterbalance, sea spray stinging determined faces.
Mackay has a host of fantastic adventure tourism experiences to discover, these are just a few of the main ones.
Fishing / Boating
Join a tour or hire a boat yourself, the waters of the Northern Queensland are teeming with life. Land the catch of your life on a recreational fishing trip out of the bustling pors, what’s more is that you’re spoilt for choice for tours and hire meaning the prices are always competitive.
Kayaking and Canoeing
The rivers and waterways of Mackay are truly fantastic, from rapid streams to wide slow moving bodies of water to coastal kayaking and canoeing there are a lot of options and all of them good. You’ll find tranquil lakes and great tour options in Mackay itself.
Whether you’re after a cross country trek or a single-trial thrill, Mackay has some great mountain bike trails to check out. Eungella National Park is a popular spot for rainforest biking adventures that encompasses natural beauty, stunning vistas and historic settlements that you can explore at your own pace. From rainforest single tracks to arid bushland to bitumen and creek crossings and great views of the pioneer valley, Mackay also features a great mountain biking network. For families, there are many bike hire operators in the greater Mackay network of towns and villages as well as cycling tours that take you on gentle, picturesque trails.
Snorkelling / Diving
Just a short distance from some awesome snorkelling and diving opportunities, you can charter a boat or join a tour out to some truly spectacular tropical reefs and explore the wonders of the underwater world. Take a boat out to a tropical island and bask in the sun or snorkel off white sandy beaches in crystal clear water.
From the harbour of Mackay of the South Coast there are some awesome sailing adventures to be had out on the beautiful deep blue waters, skirting the beautiful scenery of the North Coast while braving the waves. Fantastic anchorages line the coast from north to south, offering exciting journeys and points of interest for seafarers and passengers alike. Drop into the small coastal towns along the way for an unforgettable journey.
Air Tours - Seaplanes / Joyrides
Take to the skies on an adventure unlike any other, seaplane tours soar over Townsville and give you an unprecedented view of the region. Described as one of the best attractions in Townsville. Don’t forget about joyrides though, there’s a tour company called Crikey Trikey Joy Rides that will take you roaring around Townsville on a polished red trike - right up on top of Castle Hill for unforgettable views.
Quad Bikes / 4WDing
Mackay is also great for petrol heads, get the wheels dirty on some of the best off-road tracks in the country on a quad bike. Tours are great but you can also explore some of the mountainous terrain with a 4WD.
There’s also stand up paddleboarding, surfing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, waterskiing and jet skiing to keep you entertained, as well as the popular new water jetpacking.
Hang-gliding, Highlining and cable-gliding
Take flight over some of the Mackay’s most beautiful areas on a cable or by hang gliding. Ride the swells that roll off cliffs and peaks while cable gliding can make the experience safe for all ages and abilities.