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The Mackay region is an ideal self-drive destination with an abundance of things to see and do for all ages. Located in central Mackay the Blue Water Lagoon is a free leisure city with 3 tiered lagoons, barbeques and picnic areas, a perfect spot to take a dip in a family-friendly environment. Legendary diva Dame Nellie Melba's house is situated in Mackay and features a free museum with a beautiful array of memorabilia, photos and family history. The Mackay Marina Village and Shipyard with its tropical ambience with leafy palms lining the waterfront, sailing boats and blue skies make the perfect stop for a drink or meal at one of the waterfront venues.
Mackay is the perfect base to explore the Whitsunday Region. The beautiful Whitsunday Islands form part of the Great Barrier Reef and are a very popular destination for tourists and locals alike. With amazing uninhabited islands awaiting the keen explorer, and dive sites packed with colourful reefs, trips out on the water are a must when visiting the area. Whether you are visiting one or many of the 74 white sand and crystal blue watered islands you will be able to go snorkelling, scuba diving, ocean rafting, sailing and more water-based adventures. A popular place for snorkelers and scuba divers is the wreck site of the Llewellyn, a ship which disappeared in bad weather over 90 years ago, and only discovered in 1997.
While having an amazing marine world, Mackay has plenty to offer on the mainland too. Drive your hire car out to the Historical Farleigh Sugar Mill, and learn a little about the sugar trade. Mackay is affectionately known as the "Sugar Capital of Australia" and over one-third of the nation's sugar comes from here each year. On the drive out to the mill, you will come across quiet little towns, famous for their pubs and local food. Also, a short scenic drive in your rental car you can find Eungella National Park. Boasting magnificent rainforests, which are home to unique local plants and animals, and one of the few places in the world you can see platypus in the wild.
If you're travelling north then Airlie Beach must be the next destination on your itinerary. This tropical paradise is a place for people who want to unwind and get away from the busy city. Airlie Beach is lucky enough to be surrounded by lush green forests and experience sunshine and warmth all year round. Proserpine is a small town north of Mackay and close to Airlie Beach as well. It is a great place to stop off and learn about the history of the town at the Historical Museum of Proserpine or visit the Cedar Creek Waterfalls. Travel south to Rockhampton, one of the oldest cities in Queensland. Take part in the water sports here such as canoeing, water skiing and fishing or visit Customs House for tourist information and history about the region.
Our car rental suppliers in Mackay include Hertz, Europcar and Alamo.
Auto Europe's supplier depots are conveniently located at Mackay Airport, as well as various downtown locations. Enter your details in the search form to find a car hire depot convenient to you.
Mackay offers on and off street parking. On-street parking is free and intended for short-term stays. Drivers are advised to adhere to the time limit on signposts as staying longer than what is indicated could lead to fines being issued. Car Parks are offered in the city centre and charges apply on weekdays however most are free on weekends.
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