Mackay travel guide

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You're Going to Love Mackay

With a population of 74,219, Mackay is a must-see destination in Queensland, Australia. It is one of the most popular cities to visit in the country.

When to visit Mackay

Mackay in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 123
1 night at 3-star hotel
Mackay in September
Estimated hotel price
C$ 123
1 night at 3-star hotel

Looking for warm weather? Then head to Mackay in January, when the average temperature is 26 °C, and the highest can go up to 30 °C. The coldest month, on the other hand, is July, when it can get as cold as 12 °C, with an average temperature of 16 °C. You’re likely to see more rain in February, when precipitation is around 310 mm. In contrast, September is usually the driest month of the year in Mackay, with an average rainfall of 10 mm.

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How to Get to Mackay


When flying to Mackay, you’ll arrive at Mackay (MKY), which is located 2 miles from the city centre The shortest flight to Mackay from Canada departs from Toronto and takes around 29h 20m.

Airlines serving Mackay

United Airlines
Good (3,280 reviews)
Qatar Airways
Good (1,475 reviews)
Excellent (1,306 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (487 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (407 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (242 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Good (137 reviews)
Hawaiian Airlines
Excellent (929 reviews)
Good (2 reviews)
Good (143 reviews)
Virgin Australia
Good (122 reviews)
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Where to stay in Mackay

Average rates range from around C$ 217 per night for a double room in a 3-star hotel to C$ 215 and up for a 5-star experience.

Where to stay in popular areas of Mackay

Most booked hotels in Mackay

Ibis Mackay
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 101+
Mantra Mackay
Excellent (8.2, Excellent reviews)
C$ 171+
Cool Palms Motel
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 86+
Coral Cay Resort
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 115+
Rydges Mackay Suites
Good (7.6, Good reviews)
C$ 152+
Paradise Motel
Okay (5.4, Okay reviews)
C$ 80+

Renting a car in Mackay

Expect to pay C$ 1.51 per litre in Mackay (average price from the past 30 days). Depending on the size of your rental car, filling up the tank will cost between C$ 18.10 and C$ 24.13. The most frequently booked car type in Mackay is Supplier choice (Class Special Car or similar). If you’re looking to save money, though, keep in mind that Compact rental cars (Hyundai Kona or similar) are, on average, 36% cheaper than other rental car types in the city.