5 days in Mackay & Shoal Bay Itinerary

5 days in Mackay & Shoal Bay Itinerary

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5 days in Mackay & Shoal Bay Itinerary

Start: Cairns
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Mackay
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  6​h
2
Shoal Bay
— 1 day
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Cairns

3
nights
Mackay

Mackay ©
Mackay is a city and its centre suburb in the Mackay Region on the eastern coast of Queensland, Australia. Kids will enjoy Bluewater Lagoon and Town Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mackay: Nature & Wildlife Tours (in Airlie Beach) and Broken River (in Eungella). There's still lots to do: stroll through Bluewater Trail, take in nature's colorful creations at Mackay Regional Botanic Gardens, cool off at Mackay Aqua Park, and get great views at Slade Point.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mackay trip builder .

Cairns to Mackay is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Cairns in June, with highs in Mackay at 26°C and lows at 17°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to travel to Shoal Bay.

Things to do in Mackay

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Broken River, Nature & Wildlife Tours
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 21:
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Bluewater Lagoon ©
Bluewater Lagoon
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Town Beach ©
Town Beach

1
day
Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay ©
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Tomaree Head, then get great views at Barry Park, and then enjoy the sand and surf at Bennetts Beach.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Shoal Bay trip planner .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Mackay to Shoal Bay. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mackay in June: high temperatures in Shoal Bay hover around 20°C and lows are around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Shoal Bay

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Bennetts Beach, Barry Park
Find places to stay Jun 21 — 22:
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Tomaree Head ©
Tomaree Head
Bennetts Beach ©
Bennetts Beach
Barry Park ©
Barry Park

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